Local News for Thursday 11th August 2016
Diesel leaking from grounded rig
Worst fears have been realised after a damage inspection yesterday on board the grounded rig, Transocean Winner, showed diesel leaking from two of the four storage tanks. A damage assessment team from Smit Salvage and Transocean spent three and a half hours on Tuesday checking the structural integrity of the rig, During the inspection the salvors discovered two of the fuel tanks breached, though it’s unclear how much oil has been released from the tanks. Yesterday’s weather made it impossible for salvors to continue the assessment.
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Local News for Wednesday 10th August 2016
Oil-rig grounding – salvors make first checks
A 300-metre exclusion zone has been set up around the grounded oil-rig Transocean Winner, fast on the rocks at Dalmore since Sunday. Yesterday afternoon a small team from the salvage company SMIT and owners Transocean were put on board the oil rig by the Coastguard helicopter, to make an initial assessment, checking a number of things including fuel tanks. Weather permitting, it’s intended today to put a second, larger, group of salvors on to carry out a more detailed inspection. Three vessels including the multi-purpose offshore vessel Union Bear, and the Orkney-based Emergency Towing Vessel Herakles – which reached the scene 18 hours after the first call for help – are standing by. Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group (WIEPCG) met yesterday and, as a priority, again asked the public to stay away from the rig. A spokesman for WIEPCG said coastal paths were hazardous after the weekend’s storm. They said: "We ask the public to refrain from parking on verges on the main road, not to cross hazardous ground or to upset livestock – particularly in the Dalbeg area. While the operation continues, the Dalmore village road will remain closed other than to emergency services and residents. We strongly advise people to stay away from the area.”
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