Last week, fourteen of the local area’s salvage experts climbed onto Transocean’s oil rig, Winner, which beached itself on rocks running round the edge of the Isle of Lewis in Scotland recently. Winner was being towed away from Norway to Malta at the time, before its towline snapped due to heavy current.
The rig is thought to have leaked roughly 50,000 litres of fuel, which according to sources is assumed to have evaporated since the accident occurred on the 8th August. However, salvage teams have discovered since boarding the vessel that two of its four fuel tanks have ruptured.
The salvage crew are planning to vacate the 137 metric tonnes of diesel fuel that is still leftover into intact tanks floating about the sea’s surface. This oil rig is receiving less panic-stricken media coverage than that of BP’s oil spill, mainly because diesel fuel is much thinner and less environmentally unfriendly than crude oil, which is thick and black.
Transocean and Hugh Shaw, who is overseeing the salvaging of the rig have planned to meet with members of the community in the local area tonight to discuss and advise what the next move should be. Further details about the future of the operation will be aired at Carloway Community Centre. Members of the local community will then have the option to ask questions to Transocean and Mr Shaw about the salvaging of the rig.
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