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Transocean Winner rig arrives off Turkey from Lewis

Rig on deck of Hawk Image copyright Angus Macdonald/BBC Alba
Image caption The rig on the deck of the transport ship Hawk

A 17,000-tonne oil rig which ran aground on the Western Isles in August has arrived off Turkey where the structure is to be scrapped.

The decommissioned Transocean Winner came ashore at Dalmore, near Carloway on Lewis, in a storm while being towed to the Mediterranean.

It was later refloated and anchored at Broad Bay, Lewis, before being put on board the heavy lift ship Hawk.

The rig was first taken to Malta before being transported to Turkey.

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Image caption A Maritime and Coastguard Agency image showing the rig being floated on to the deck of the Hawk

The rig's grounding on 8 August sparked pollution fears due to the 280 tonnes of diesel on board.

Investigations found two of its four fuel tanks were damaged in the incident which resulted in the loss of 53,000 litres of fuel, most of which is thought to have evaporated with no damage to the environment.

Three weeks later it was towed to the safer anchorage at Broad Bay before being floated on to the deck of the Hawk, a semi-submersible ship used for transporting large maritime structures over long distances.

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