Monday, January 7, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill ship that was pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island is approaching shelter in a protected Kodiak Island bay.
The Kulluk ran aground New Year’s Eve but was refloated at 10:10 Sunday night.
Kulluck incident command spokesman Ignacio Gonzalez says the vessel has been moving at about 4 mph on its way to Kiliuda Bay.
A tug trailing the vessel is using infrared equipment to watch for oil sheens and has spotted no discharge.
Gonzalez says the vessel will undergo an extensive examination for damage from spending nearly a week aground and exposed to strong Gulf of Alaska wind and waves.
Early this morning the vessel was fewer than 10 nautical miles away from where crews planned to anchor up.