According to a statement by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), salvors examining the grounded Transocean Winner rig off the Isle of Lewis continued to look at possible refloatation and fuel transfer options on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, a helicopter that is now based in Stornoway to support the operation, successfully completed three trips and transferred additional salvage equipment to those on board, the statement adds.
“So far, it is estimated that over 200 people are responding to the incident from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Transocean, Smit Salvage and Briggs Environmental,” the statement reads.
Transocean Winner Remains Under Examination
Meanwhile, the 984 feet exclusion zone covering the sea remains in place and a restricted air exclusion zone is being put in force.
“Any aircraft pilot or drone operator not involved in the operation that breaches that zone will be prosecuted,” the statement adds.
Transocean Winner Continues Aground in the Isle of Lewis
“The exclusion zone has been put in place for the safety of the operational aircraft working at the scene and also for the teams carrying out their surveys and assessments. Our priority there is to make sure the operation is not compromised,” Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage & Intervention, said.
“Steady Progress” on Rig Salvage Work
The MCA had reported the previous day that it was carrying an underwater survey around the Transocean Winner semi-submersible drilling rig to assess any damage and look at the possible refloating routes for the rig.
The report added that the team of salvors remained on board to continue the damage assessment and make connections for the tow lines.
To remind, the Transocean-owned semi-submersible rig ran aground off the Isle of Lewis on August 8 due to bad weather conditions.
The 17,000 tonne rig was blown ashore on the Western Isles after detaching from its tug boat overnight.
According to Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage & Intervention, work is ongoing and “steady progress” is being made.