The drilling rig Transocean Winner grounded in western coast of Isle of Lewis, Scotland. The offshore platform was towed by tug Alp Forward to Malta, but near Scotland was met by strong winds and stormy weather, which broke the towing line. The crew was unable to restore the towing line and the rig was washed ashore by the winds. The offshore platform Transocean Winner was under tow without crew on board, but carrying 280 tons of diesel oil. The local police officers reported that there is oil spill, as some of the diesel tanks on board were breached. The bad weather hampers water cleansing and salvage operation.
The local authorities blame UK Government in this recent grounding incident. The investigation for the root cause and responsible for the grounding is under way. The drilling rig Transocean Winner is being monitored by a counter-pollution team after grounding on the western side of the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles. The offshore rig is breached and suffered water ingress, but remain afloat and without danger of capsizing.
“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s counter-pollution branch and the Secretary Of State’s Representative for Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) have both been monitoring the situation since Sunday evening and the local authority, police and Marine Scotland have all been kept informed”, said the spokeswoman of Maritime and Coastguard Agency. “There is 280 metric tonnes of diesel on board and this situation is being monitored. SMIT Salvage has been mobilised to deal with the incident”, added she.
The drilling rig Transocean Winner (IMO: 8756320) has overall length of 105.00 m and moulded beam of 72.00 m. The gross tonnage of the offshore platform is 17,580 GRT.