Highlands & Islands

MPs consider holding inquiry into rig grounding

Transocean Winner at Dalmore, Lewis
Image caption The Transocean Winner ran aground on a Lewis beach last month

The UK parliament's transport select committee is considering holding an inquiry into the grounding of the rig Transocean Winner, an MP has said.

Angus MacNeil, who represents the Western Isles, said the committee had "indicated interest" in holding a one-day session on last month's incident.

The 17,000-tonne drilling rig ran aground at Dalmore on Lewis in a storm in August.

It remains anchored off the island awaiting removal.

The structure is to be taken by a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel to Turkey where it will be scrapped.

SNP MP Mr MacNeil wrote to Louise Ellman, chairwoman of the transport select committee, requesting an inquiry into the grounding.

He said: "I am delighted that transport select committee have agreed to my request.

"Committee chairwoman Louise Ellman MP has indicated interest in completing a one-off oral evidence session on the grounding of the Transocean Winner on Dalmore Beach."

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