Norwegian firm Prosafe will attempt to get a tow line aboard the accommodation rig Safe Bristolia later today, if improved weather conditions hold.
The stricken semi-sub remains stranded in the North Sea a fifth day after a tow line to a anchor handling vessel broke and left it drifting in the North Sea 120km east of Montrose on Sunday.
The Bristolia’s 33 person crew have remained on board the rig and managed to stabilise its position 148km east of the UK mainland on Monday by dropping one of its two anchors.
Prosafe have been unable to get a tow line aboard the rig because of strong winds and high seas, which are forecast to ease today.
The accommodation vessel, which is not on hire, was being towed from the Cromarty Firth to the polish port of Gdansk, when it ran into difficulties.
A Prosafe spokesperson said: “The vessel has a fully functional satellite communications package that has facilitated good ship to shore communications.
“Prosafe continues to work closely with the Coastguard.”