The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 7, 2013

Drilling barge pulled from rocks off Alaska island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island reached shelter Monday morning in a Kodiak Island bay.

The Kulluk was lifted off rocks at 10:10 p.m. Sunday.

It reached its anchoring point about 12 hours later in Kiliuda Bay, where it’s out of the worst of waves and wind offered by the Gulf of Alaska.

Shell incident commander Sean Churchfield says the vessel came off the grounding relatively easy under tow by the 360-foot anchor handler Aiviq.

Salvors reported swells of 15 feet, which diminished after the vessels reached protected waters.

The trip covered about 45 nautical miles at about 4 mph.

The Kulluk was attached to a second vessel, a tugboat, after it reached the bay.


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