Transocean Winner refloated

The Transocean Winner rig was successfully refloated during high tide last night and has been towed away from the coastline on the Scottish isle of Lewis. The rig had run aground after it lost its tow just 15 days ago.

It is now being towed to a different location 87 km away where salvors Smit Salvage will look to patch up the damages before taking it on to a repair yard.

The decommissioned rig was under tow in stormy conditions, heading from Norway to Malta, when the towline snapped.

Owner Transocean has promised local residents on the Outer Hebridean island that it will clear up all traces of the rig.

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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