Local News for Friday 23rd September 2016
Forecast scuppers rig move plans
A changing weather forecast has put paid to plans for moving the damaged oil rig Transocean Winner during this weekend. Gales forecast for today and into tomorrow have closed a weather window which would have allowed the rig to be floated onto the waiting heavy load carrier OHT Hawk. With tonight’s forecast predicting southerly gale force 8 winds, the priority now is to keep the rig stable in the storms, while tugs and other ships continue to stand by for a possible move. The windy weather also forced cancellation of a planned boom deployment exercise by the Briggs Environmental vessel Forth Drummer, planned for yesterday. During the training exercise 200 metres of pollution containment boom would have been deployed, to confirm response timings ahead of transferring the Transocean Winner onto the OHT Hawk. A new time for the exercise and for the rig move is to be set based on weather forecasts. Once the timing for the float-on operation has been agreed, a new exclusion zone of 1000 metres will be set in Broad Bay around the Hawk for the duration of the operation.