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Transocean Rig Goes Aground Off Scotland

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Early Monday morning, the semisubmersible Transocean Winner went aground on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. The rig was in transit, towed by the anchor handling tug Alp Forward, and the tug lost the tow in severe weather. The Alp Forward was unable to reestablish a connection and high winds blew the Winner aground. 

UK maritime authorities said in a statement that "following the grounding of the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner on the Isle of Lewis, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention Hugh Shaw is now in discussions with the owners Transocean and the salvors . . . There is 280mt of diesel on board and this situation is being monitored . . . SMIT Salvage has been mobilised to deal with the incident. Police Scotland and HM Coastguard Rescue Teams are also on scene.

http://maritime-executive.com/article/video-transocean-rig-goes-aground-off-scotland

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Wasn't this the same inept company that caused the Gulf of Mexico spill that BP got most of the blame for? If it's American owned, I suggest suing them for everything they've got.

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1 hour ago, daveAustin said:

Wasn't this the same inept company that caused the Gulf of Mexico spill that BP got most of the blame for? If it's American owned, I suggest suing them for everything they've got.

 

Bad news.  It's a Swiss company.  At least it is for tax dodging purposes.

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^ Not sure how you reckon TOI is Swiss? They were "partly" responsible for the Maconda incident, they were working for BP. 

In this incident the Captain of the towing vessel would have been in charge!

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Wikipedia says Swiss.  

 

Transocean Ltd. is one of the world's largest offshore drilling contractors and is based in Vernier, Switzerland

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transocean

 

Lots of controversy at the time of Deepwater Horizon disaster around BP (British), Transocean (Swiss) and Halliburton (Registered at the time in Dubai) spilling their load in the Gulf of Mexico.

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^ OK, remember now! they moved their head office to Switzerland a few years back.

Don't know if this makes them a "Swiss" company as such? just for tax reasons?

They trade on NYSE, second biggest share holder is Carl Icahn, the rest of the intricacies are beyond me! they can be sued in a US court as happened with Maconda incident. (Deepwater Horizon)

Cheers

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Don't feel bad.  You wouldn't be the only one scratching his head over an offshore drilling company headquartered in a country that has no offshore, never mind any offshore drilling.  

 

But they do have a kick-ass banking system where you can hide your profits from pesky tax collectors around the world from countries where you actually do make your money.

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Transocean stock was down 6.8% on the day yesterday, now down 80% from 5 years ago, I wonder why! Not the luckiest company around...

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A salvage team including members from Smit and from Transocean are preparing for a refloat attempt of the grounded semisubmersible Transocean Winner, and if all goes well and conditions are favorable, the rig could be off the rocky shores of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland as early as this weekend. 

On Friday, salvors continued a process to remove diesel from the rig's pontoon tanks. Two of four tanks were damaged in the grounding, leading to the loss of some 12,000 gallons of fuel.

No signs of pollution have been observed and authorities believe that the diesel dispersed and evaporated. Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage & Intervention, told the BBC that the fuel release represented an "extremely low risk" to the environment.

http://maritime-executive.com/article/salvors-near-refloat-attemp

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Local Leaders Call for Local Work on Grounded Rig

Local politicians in the Outer Hebrides have called on rig operator Transocean to repair or scrap the damaged drilling rig Transocean Winner at a facility not far from where the rig went aground earlier this month. 

Councilor Angus Campbell of the Western Isles Council wrote to the firm to ask if the rig could be fixed or recycled at Arnish, a manufacturing and transshipment facility with a 350-foot deepwater quay, covered work areas and equipment for maintaining and fabricating steel structures for offshore installations. The offshore supply chain in the UK has seen revenue drop sharply due to the offshore industry downturn, and Campbell cited the boost to the local economy that work on the rig could bring. 

“We are pleased that you continue to engage with the local supply chain and, given the significant and positive economic impact to the islands, would now ask that serious consideration be given to the use of local facilities and engineering expertise in carrying out the repairs," Campbell said in a letter. “We would be very happy to work with Transocean, Smit Salvage and other relevant key stakeholders to ensure that direct and indirect benefits are, as much as possible, retained in the islands.”

http://maritime-executive.com/article/local-leaders-call-for-local-work-on-grounded-rig

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Timelapse: Watch moment 17,000 tonne rig is moved from Isle of Lewis to safer shores

 

This incredible footage shows the moment a 17,000-tonne oil rig which ran aground in the Outer Hebrides began its journey to safer shores.

The Transocean Winner rig has since been refloated following the incident at Dalmore Bay earlier this month.

The rig ran aground in bad weather with 280 tonnes of diesel on board and two of its four fuel tanks were damaged in the incident.

https://www.energyvoice.com/video-2/117709/timelapse-watch-moment-17000-tonne-rig-moved-western-isles-safer-shores/

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