An official report into why the Transocean Winner oil rig crashed into rocks off the Western Isles has revealed a litany of problems including a worn tow rope, failing to consider high winds and an insufficient towing manual.
Vessel owner Transocean said today it would scrap two of its rigs.
The boss of the UK Coastguard insisted last night that the decision to withdraw an emergency tug from the west coast of Scotland had been “vindicated”.
The owners of the tug which was towing Transocean Winner have revealed the back-up line could not be connected because it was wrapped around the base of the rig.
The owners of a tug which crashed in the Western Isles while towing a huge oil rig, spilling fuel into the sea, will be pressed by a parliamentary committee today.
Offshore rig contractor Transocean took a $21million hit from the grounding and salvage of one of its vessels off the Isle of Lewis in the third quarter.
An oil rig wrecked off the Western Isles has arrived at “blowtorch beach” - its final destination at an environmentally friendly” breaking zone in Turkey - where it will be chopped up for scrap.
Another hurdle has been cleared in the mission to send the Transocean Winner on its way to Turkey for scrapping.
The oil rig that crashed into the Outer Hebrides is believed to have run up a bill of "at least" £38m.
The Transocean Winner rig has finally been moved on to the deck of a semi-submersible transport ship after weather delayed its move.
Increasingly rough conditions at sea have caused the operation to move the Transocean Winner to be temporarily suspended.
Work has begun to raise four of the primary anchors of the Transocean Winner rig in anticipation of moving it onto the Hawk transport ship.
The Transocean Winner rig is unlikely to be moved within the next two days due to bad weather, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Service.
High winds have derailed plans to lift the Transocean Winner rig onto a carrier vessel off the Isle of Lewis.
Preparations for taking the Transocean Winner oil rig away from the Western Isles are being stepped up today.
A public meeting will be held next week to provide information on the final stages of an operation to move the Transocean Winner rig from Lewis.
An oil rig which ran aground on the Isle of Lewis could be transported to Turkey later this month, according to reports.
Debris from the Transocean Winner rig has been found off the coast of Lewis, according to reports.
The salvage master who successfully refloated a grounded 17,600 tonne oil rig off rocks in the Western Isles was also involved with the operation to move the doomed Italian liner the Costa Concordia.
The offshore giant at the centre of a rig grounding drama could be poised to breathe fresh life into a deserted fabrication yard.
Four additional giant anchors are being laid to secure a 17,600 tonne oil rig which has been refloated after running aground in the Western Isles.
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 rig which ran aground on Lewis two weeks ago is on its 54-mile journey to the other side of the island - but at a slower rate than anticipated.
The salvage team assigned to the Transocean Winner is finalising plans for refloating the stricken oil rig later today.
The salvage team on the Transocean Winner is playing a waiting game to find out whether the stricken rig can be safely towed.