The Transocean-owned semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner has reportedly run aground in the UK after being struck by a severe storm.
According to the BBC, the 17,000 tonne rig was blown ashore on the Western Isles while under tow west of Lewis.
“Transocean and ALP Marine have established their emergency response rooms, SMIT salvage has been mobilised to deal with the incident,” the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was quoted as saying.
Transocean Rig Runs Aground
The rig detached from its tug boat overnight before running aground at the beach of Dalmore, Carloway.
The rig had remained in contact with the tug Alp Forward, but was unable to make headway with the tow.
Earlier today, the master of the tug reported the tow line had parted and was unable to reconnect due to severe weather.
In the meantime, the MCA deployed emergency vessels from Orkney on Sunday to assist.
“The MCA’s counter pollution branch and Secretary Of State’s Representative for Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) are monitoring the situation. Local authority and Marine Scotland have been notified,” the MCA was quoted as saying.
Transocean Winner Hit by Storm
According to the Stornoway Coastguard, there were no personnel on board and no risk to life. However, access to the beach has been blocked.
The semi-submersible was being towed from Norway to Malta and had recently ended a contract with Marathon Oil in the Norwegian North Sea.
The incident follows weather warnings put in place for much of the north of the UK as the country was hit by winds of up to 70 miles per hour.
Transocean Winner is a GVA 4000-design rig built in 1983 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and upgraded in 2006.
The facility was contracted early this year to work in the Norwegian North Sea for Det norske, at the Volund oil and gas field.Last updated on 06:16PM - 10/08/16