Transocean Winner: Operation to move rig delayed by swell on scene

Sea conditions on Friday were above the agreed safe limits and therefore prevented the operation to load the Transocean Winner onto the Hawk in Broad Bay, Isle of Lewis.

The Hawk remained on scene on Saturday but the latest weather forecasts are for the deterioration in wind and sea conditions from Sunday onwards and the Transocean Winner will be put back onto her eight anchors temporarily.

Hugh Shaw, Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime Salvage and Intervention with Transocean and Smit Salvage continue  to look at options, including alternative locations offering shelter from prevailing conditions, dependant on appropriate weather and sea conditions for a safe operation.

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