Transocean Winner refloat aimed for this weekend

The drilling rig Transocean Winner could be towed off a beach on the Scottish isle of Lewis this weekend, nearly two weeks after it grounded having lost its towline. The plan put forward by Smit Salvage is to refloat it and then assess the damage before towing it for repairs.

Two towlines have been attached to the rig ready for a tug to pick them up as high tides loom.Compressors will be used to provide buoyancy for the refloat.

The decommissioned rig has already spilt 56,000 litres of diesel, and has many more tons of fuel onboard.

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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