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Update #38: Kulluk anchor, hull inspected in ROV surveys

Unified Command confirmed the following information today:

  • Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues. Two remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys have been completed. The first was for the Kulluk’s anchor and chain. That survey revealed the anchor is firmly embedded with the chain buried near the anchor. No hard formations were found in the area surrounding the anchor. The second began an assessment of the Kulluk’s hull.
  • Further assessment of the situation regarding the four dislodged survival boats and the one dislodged rescue boat determined that the potential exists for the release of approximately 316 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. To date there has been no confirmation of any release. If any fluids are identified to have been released on the shoreline, Unified Command will be prepared to mitigate.

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