Transocean likely to resume journey by end of month

Semi-submersible 17,000-tonne drilling rig Transocean Winner. which ran aground off the coast of Scotland early in August while en route to being scrapped, is likely to recommence its final journey to Turkey by the end of September, according to local reports.

The rig is likely to be loaded onto a semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel. It was refloated by salvors last week. subsequently being towed to Broad Bay on the far side of the Isle of Lewis.

Two of the rig’s four fuel tanks were breached during the incident, causing about 53,000 litres of diesel to leak into the sea. However most of the pollution appears to have dispersed harmlessly. The rig also left behind several pieces of metal debris on the shoreline – some weighing up to 200lb.