Local News for Wednesday 10th August 2016
Oil-rig grounding – salvors make first checks
A 300-metre exclusion zone has been set up around the grounded oil-rig Transocean Winner, fast on the rocks at Dalmore since Sunday. Yesterday afternoon a small team from the salvage company SMIT and owners Transocean were put on board the oil rig by the Coastguard helicopter, to make an initial assessment, checking a number of things including fuel tanks. Weather permitting, it’s intended today to put a second, larger, group of salvors on to carry out a more detailed inspection. Three vessels including the multi-purpose offshore vessel Union Bear, and the Orkney-based Emergency Towing Vessel Herakles – which reached the scene 18 hours after the first call for help – are standing by. Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group (WIEPCG) met yesterday and, as a priority, again asked the public to stay away from the rig. A spokesman for WIEPCG said coastal paths were hazardous after the weekend’s storm. They said: "We ask the public to refrain from parking on verges on the main road, not to cross hazardous ground or to upset livestock – particularly in the Dalbeg area. While the operation continues, the Dalmore village road will remain closed other than to emergency services and residents. We strongly advise people to stay away from the area.”
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Local News for Tuesday 9th August 2016
Oil rig emergency meeting today
An emergency meeting is to be held at 1pm today at Stornoway Police station as Marine Accident Investigators, salvors SMIT, Transocean, emergency services and UK government representatives gather to plan a full response to the oil-rig grounding at Dalmore. The 17,000 tonne Transocean Winner went aground at the south end of Dalmore beach on rocks, after breaking loose from her tow vessel, Alp Forward, during stormy conditions on Sunday night. She was reportedly en route between Norway and Malta, despite well-signalled weather warnings from last week about a developing storm in the Atlantic.
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