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Unified Command Update #13

Unified Command has released update #13 regarding the Kulluk Response.
  • The tug Alert intentionally disconnected from the Kulluk at 8:10 p.m. on December 31, 2012, to maintain the safety of the nine crewmembers aboard the vessel.


  • The Kulluk grounded at 8:48 p.m. on December 31, 2012 on Sitkalidak Island on the northern shore of Ocean Bay at a depth of about 32 to 48 feet.


  • The Kulluk is currently situated at:

            o  Latitude: 57˚ -05.4N

            o  Longitude: 153˚ -06.4W


  • The Kulluk has approximately 139,000 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel on board. Equipment aboard the Kulluk is estimated to have about 12,000 gallons of combined lube oil and hydraulic fluid.


  • The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter overflight detected no visible sheen.


  • There are no residents on Sitkalidak Island. The nearest town is Old Harbor, which is located on Kodiak Island.


  • More than 250 people are actively involved in the response efforts.


  • There have been three minor injuries associated with the incident. All personnel have returned to duty.


  • All media inquiries should be directed to the Unified Command Joint Information Center Media Line at (907) 433-3417.