Fuel tanks of grounded Transocean rig ruptured

Fuel tanks of grounded Transocean rig ruptured

The fuel tanks of the grounded Transocean Winner rig have ruptured and the giant facility has also taken on a significant list. It remains unclear how much fuel has leaked into the sea.

The rig ran aground off the Scottish isle of Lewis earlier this week when its towline snapped while it was being towed from Norway to Malta in very windy conditions. The rig has 280 tons of diesel in its fuel tanks.

Smit Salvage is on site and has inspected the rig, but continued high winds are preventing salvage efforts, which will likely cost millions of dollars. Bad weather is likely to continue until Sunday.

Scottish environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham commented: “The news that some of the fuel tanks appear to have breached is obviously concerning, especially given the proximity of the grounded rig to the beach and the presence in the wider area of important marine habitats and species.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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