Transocean Winner set for refloating tonight

Smit Salvage will use a high tide tonight to try and refloat the Transocean Winner, a semi-submersible rig that ran aground off the Scottish isle of Lewis two weeks ago.

The decommissioned rig lost its tow while being towed from Norway to Malta. The salvage team spent much of this past weekend removing fuel – up to 200 tons of diesel was taken off.

The plan is to move the rig to the north of Lewis to Broad bay on the east coast, where it will remain until safely transportable to a repair facility.


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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