Local News for Wednesday 12th October 2016
Farewell to Transocean Winner
Final inspections were completed yesterday to allow the heavy load carrier Hawk to leave Broad Bay today, carrying away the oil rig Transocean Winner after nine weeks intensive activity since she went aground at Dalmore. The voyage from Lewis to Malta is expected to take just over nine days, with a final leg to Turkey after repairs on the rig have been completed. The rig’s owners, Transocean, have taken advantage of excellent weather to carry out minor engineering and repair works on damaged tanks here in Lewis. Today’s move comes after surveyors have inspected and signed off all the works and Turkish authorities issue confirmation that they will accept the Hawk and rig in the Port of Aliaga. Final approval is then given by the UK government’s representative Hugh Shaw.
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Local News for Tuesday 11th October 2016
Joint Warrior begins
The major international military exercise Joint Warrior has begun in Scotland, and activity will be seen by land, sea and in the sky around the Western Isles. Exercise Joint Warrior is a multinational NATO exercise conducted in the UK during the spring and the autumn of each year. This month’s exercise will involve more than 31 warships and submarines, 60 aircraft, and a total of around 6,500 personnel from the 14 participating nations. For the first time so-called ‘robot wars’ will be tested, with unmanned aircraft and sea vessels being deployed on an experimental basis, including around Benbecula, where exercises will test the response of manned versus unmanned craft. The operation began on Saturday and runs until October 20th.
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