Kulluk Response | Shell Alaska
Kulluk drillship in Gulf of Alaska.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, January 3, 2013 – The assessment of Shell’s Kulluk drillship continued today as calmer weather conditions allowed a recovery team to board the grounded vessel for a second time to continue a detailed evaluation of its condition.
The recovery team again spent several hours onboard and was able to reconfirm the Kulluk is firmly aground and is stable.
The team also confirmed there remains no signs of environmental impact, and there has been no leakage of the low-sulphur diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid stored in strong tanks onboard the vessel.
Information gained from the on-site assessments will be invaluable in helping to evaluate the available options for freeing the rig from its grounded position.
Shell’s Arctic-class drillship, the Kulluk, grounded on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, at approximately 9 p.m. local time on December 31, 2012, while under tow in heavy seas from Alaska to the U.S. port of Seattle, Washington State.
There has been no loss of life and no significant injuries as a result of this event, which is a maritime transit incident and not a drilling incident.
More than 600 people are engaged in the incident response. Shell is working hard with the other parties in the US Coast Guard-led Unified Command to ensure a safe outcome and to protect the maritime environment in the vicinity of the grounded vessel.
Operational and media responses are being managed through a unified response team, led by the U.S. Coast Guard.