An operation to load a stricken Transocean oil rig on Lewis onto a heavy lift ship at the weekend had to be called off due to wind whipping up the sea.
Steady weather could see the stranded Transocean Winner rig floated this afternoon, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The rescue of the stricken Transocean Winner oil rig in the Western Isles is expected to take place at the weekend.
A mighty ship that will "piggy back" a stricken oil rig from the Outer Hebrides to Turkey is expected to arrive today to begin the difficult operation.
A 17,000-tonne oil rig which ran aground in the Outer Hebrides which was successfully refloated is expected to arrive at a temporary location this morning.
Officials hope to attempt to refloat the oil rig grounded on the Western Isles within the next three days.
Transocean is due to placate the Outer Hebrides communities impacted by the grounding of the dead rig Transocean Winner.
The owners of the oil rig which crashed aground in the Western Isles will break their silence over the incident at a public meeting this week.
A salvage team was last night expected to spend the night on the grounded oil rig on Lewis after finding a safe access in difficult weather conditions.
The cost of removing a stranded 17,000 tonne rig off the Western Isles could cost millions of pounds, according to a salvage expert.
Vantage points surrounding the stricken rig which so dramatically ran aground off Lewis have been placed “in lockdown”.
Fierce weather forecast for tomorrow threatens to hamper the salvage of an oil rig grounded in the Western Isles.
Experts were on pollution watch last night after a huge oil rig ran aground in stormy weather off the Western Isles.
A drilling rig has run aground after a severe storm severed its towline.