Local News for Friday 12th August 2016
53 tonnes of leaked diesel ‘will evaporate’
Diesel leakage from the grounded oil rig Transocean Winner should disperse naturally, according to pollution experts on the scene at Dalmore, where the rig remains fast on rocks. The MCA said no pollution had been detected in the area, though they continue observations on scene. Salvors earlier said that two of the four diesel fuel tanks on the rig have been breached, with an estimated 53 tonnes of diesel lost. Salvors will confirm how much diesel remains in the tanks during the course of the salvage operation. Diesel is a light, non-persistent oil with lower environmental risks than heavy black crude oil. The MCA counter-pollution surveillance aircraft has flown over the location and surrounding area to check for pollution around the rig, nearby coast and sea. No sheen or sign of pollution has been found.
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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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