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Kulluk Towing Plan Map Animation

A video animation of the proposed towing path from the Unified Command’s website. Animated map of the planned route for the Kulluk to be towed 30 miles from Sikalidak Island to Kiliuda Bay. (Unified Command

Update #24: Unified Command confirms Kulluk is sound and fit to tow

January 5, 2013, ANCHORAGE, AK: Unified Command has developed and approved a recovery plan after a series of inspections aboard the Kulluk.

The drilling rig continues to remain upright, fuel tanks appear to be intact, and there is no threat to the stability of the vessel. Also, naval architects have confirmed the structural strength of the vessel is sound and fit to tow.

Salvage teams are currently aboard the vessel and preparing for the recovery operations. Safety remains the number one priority and will drive all facets of the operation.

The exact timing of a potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once Unified Command confirms that the operation is safe and ready to move forward, the recovery operation will begin.

The current plan calls for the Kulluk to be towed to Kiliuda Bay for safe harbor – a tow of approximately 30 miles. When the Kulluk arrives in Kiliuda Bay, a more detailed assessment will take place.

Unified Command continues to take into account environmental concerns and cultural sensitivities. Outreach to local communities continues throughout the recovery process.

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