July 26 - SAL Heavy Lift's vessel Lone has transported a 1,100-tonne submerged turret production buoy from Batam, Indonesia to the Firth of Forth in Scotland - a 8,733 nautical mile (16,173 km) journey that took just 20 days to complete.

According to SAL, its 12,500 dwt heavy lift vessel Lone sailed the long distance to Scotland at an average speed of 19.3 knots (35.7 km/h), which is a record for such a ship.

The cargo was destined for a location offshore the east coast of Scotland, and was required on site within three weeks so as not to delay the start of a drilling project.

Lone made its way from Indonesia to the UK, passing through the Indian Ocean, via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.

"A journey of nearly nine thousand nautical miles is not quite halfway around the world but it is not far short. To maintain this sort of average speed through all weathers is an impressive feat of seamanship and we are proud of the officers and crew of Lone for making this possible," said SAL project manager Matthias Meyer.