Update: Transocean Winner commences its journey to Malta

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency is pleased to report that at 8.05pm this evening (Friday 14 October) the semi-submersible heavy lift ship Hawk lifted her anchor and began its journey transporting the rig Transocean Winner from Broad Bay, Isle of Lewis to Malta.

Paperwork and permissions were finalised earlier this afternoon to allow the transportation to commence.

Hugh Shaw, SOSREP said:  ‘At 5pm today I advised the Master of the HAWK that he had my permission to weigh anchor and proceed on the voyage in accordance with the agreed passage plan.’

‘The UK Coastguard will continue to monitor its passage until it leaves the UK Search and Rescue Region. Weather permitting, the voyage to Malta will take approximately two weeks.’

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