The cost of removing the damaged Transocean Winner will cost 'at least £38 million', according to experts. 

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative of Maritime and Salvage Intervention, commented: “Without doubt it will cost millions. I think £38 million will be very conservative. It will cost that at least, I would have thought.

“With this salvage operation, there were over 200 people involved at Stornoway alone at one time. That is without taking into account government departments and people globally contributing. The costs will be considerable."

Some of the tugs used in the operation were costing around £60,000 per day, while the huge semisumbersible 'Hawk' vessel is rumoured to have cost around $1 million per day.