Transocean rig runs aground off Scottish island

The Transocean Winner drilling rig ran aground off the island of Lewis in Scotland yesterday after its tow line with a tug snapped during stormy conditions.

Officials say there is little chance of a fuel leak. The rig has around 280 tonnes of diesel onboard.

The local population has been told to stay away from the beach where the rig grounded.

Salvors are heading to the scene to asses the situation.

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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