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Drill Ship Kulluk

Drill Ship Kulluk

The Kulluk was driven aground by violent weather on the southeast shoreline of nearby Sitkalidak Island on December 31, 2012, while under tow from Alaska to Seattle, Washington State.  

Commenting on the incident, Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company, said: “We undertake significant planning and preparation in an effort to ensure these types of incidents do not occur. 

We’re very sorry it did.   Since the grounding, Shell has worked with all parties in the Unified Command structure to ensure a safe outcome and to protect the maritime environment in the vicinity of the grounded vessel.  Thanks to the professionalism, dedication, and skill of all those involved in the recovery effort, I’m pleased to say those objectives have been met with no significant injuries and no environmental impact.  

“At this stage, it’s too early to gauge any impact on our ongoing exploration plans, but with the Kulluk now safely recovered, we’ll carry out a detailed assessment of the vessel to understand what those impacts might be.  In the meantime, we will participate in the US Coast Guard’s investigation into the causes of this incident and will implement lessons learned.”

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Kulluk Response Updates

January 7, 2013 - Towing of the Kulluk Animation

Watch an animation of the planned towing of the drill ship Kulluk.

January 6, 2013 - Kulluk Response

Ongoing aerial and onboard inspections by recovery and response teams assessing the Kulluk drillship through the weekend confirm the vessel remains firmly aground and stable with no sign of environmental impact and no leakage of the diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid stored onboard the vessel.

January 4, 2013 - Kulluk Response

Further aerial and onboard inspections by recovery teams assessing the Kulluk drillship today confirm the vessel remains firmly aground and stable. The teams also report there remains no sign of environmental impact and no leakage of the diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid stored in strong tanks onboard the vessel.

January 4, 2013 - Kulluk Response

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.

January 1, 2013 - Kulluk Response

We deeply appreciate the professional and effective response of the responders from the U.S. Coast Guard, Shell, Noble, Edison Chouest and many other organizations who worked together seamlessly at sea and under extreme weather conditions to control the vessel, rescue the crew on board, and prevent injury and environmental impact.

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