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  • 22 February 2013

    The U.S. Coast Guard lifted the order restricting the movement of the Conical Drilling Unit Kulluk from Kiliuda Bay Thursday. “I reviewed all of the relevant and available information and determined that Shell has met the requirements of the Captain of the Port Order,” said Capt. Paul Mehler III, commander Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and […]

  • 8 January 2013

    Unified Command, including Coast Guard, Shell and other partners, has confirmed that the Kulluk, towed by the anchor handling vessel Aiviq, has arrived in its final safe harbor location in Kiliuda Bay where it will undergo assessment. At approximately 12:15 p.m., January 7, Alaska Time, the Kulluk’s anchor was lowered to the bottom of the […]

  • 30 December 2012

    MV Aiviq, a 360-foot towing vessel, on Thursday lost connection to the Shell-operated Kulluk drilling unit in heavy seas in the Gulf of Alaska, casting the drilling unit adrift. The tug lost the initial tow Thursday and suffered several engine failures, prompting the deployment of response assets by the Coast Guard and Royal Dutch Shell. […]

  • 2 January 2013

    The Kulluk drilling unit, operated by Shell in Alaska,  grounded on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island (between the north edge of Ocean Bay and Partition Cove) at approximately 9 p.m. on December 31, 2012. The shoreline of Partition Cove is primarily comprised of mixed sand and gravel beaches. The condition of the Kulluk has […]

  • 22 February 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Coast Guard lifted the order restricting the movement of the Conical Drilling Unit Kulluk from Kiliuda Bay Thursday. “I reviewed all of the relevant and available information and determined that Shell has met the requirements of the Captain of the Port Order,” said Capt. Paul Mehler III, commander Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and Captain […]

  • 13 January 2013

    The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, Shell, and other partners, has announced that the Kulluk conical drilling unit remains stable. After a thorough underwater assessment of the unit’s hull, the Unified Command has also informed that no ruptures in the hull were found. Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay […]

  • 4 January 2013

    Members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) yesterday called on the Department of the Interior and United States Coast Guard (USCG) to conduct a joint investigation into the recent grounding of a Shell Oil drilling rig operating in the Gulf of Alaska and related incidents. The Kulluk, a 29-year-old rig containing an […]

  • 3 January 2013

    A team of six salvage experts boarded the grounded drilling unit Kulluk, off Alaska, yesterday to conduct a structural assessment to be used to finalize salvage plans, currently being developed by the Kulluk Tow Incident Unified Command. The six-member team was lowered to the Shell-operated Kulluk by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter at about 10:30 […]

  • 10 January 2013

    Unified Command, established in response to the Kulluk towing incident that occurred off Alaska twoo weeks ago, has announced that assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues, with inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) being utilized to assess the hull. “There continues to be no sign of leakage from the Kulluk,” said the […]

  • 6 September 2013
    Business & Finance

    Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. Based on EPA’s inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA […]

  • 2 January 2013

    A U.S. Coast Guard flyover of the Shell-operated Conical Drill Unit  Kulluk which grounded on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska on December 31, 2012, indicated the vessel remains grounded but stable. The flight crew’s aerial inspection found no signs of a fuel spill from the vessel. The Kulluk has approximately 139,000 gallons of […]

  • 29 May 2015

    Shell is responsible for the 2012 grounding of a drilling rig offshore Alaska, The U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) has determined. In its 14-pages long report, the NTSB has concluded that that probable cause of the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk was Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow of […]

  • 8 January 2013
    Business & Finance

    Shell yesterday confirmed its Arctic-class drilling unit, the Kulluk, has been safely towed to a safe harbour on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, where it will undergo a thorough safety assessment before resuming its journey to its winter harbour for repairs and maintenance. The Kulluk was driven aground by violent weather on the […]

  • 19 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The captain and crew of Crowley’s Prevention and Response tug (PRT) Alert were personally recognized by Representative Eric Feige from the Alaska State Legislature for courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island. During their meeting, he presented them with a letter […]

  • 23 January 2013

    Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has requested that officials from the State of Alaska be included on the panel reviewing the Expedited Assessment of 2012 Arctic Operations. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar formed the panel after a transportation accident led to the grounding of the drill rig Kulluk near Kodiak last month. “Given the importance of this […]

  • 6 January 2013

    Top News of The Week December 31,2012 – January 5, 2013   Experts Board Grounded Kulluk Off Alaska A team of six salvage experts boarded the grounded drilling unit Kulluk, off Alaska, to conduct a structural assessment to be used to finalize salvage plans, currently being developed by the Kulluk Tow Incident Unified Command. Worker […]

  • 29 May 2015
    Business & Finance

    The grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk in Alaskan waters in 2012 was most probably caused by an inadequate towing plan by Royal Dutch Shell plc that did not address all the risks involved, a report from the US National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) shows. The ice-class mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Shell Offshore, […]

  • 19 June 2013

    The captain and crew of Crowley’s Prevention and Response tug (PRT) Alert were personally recognized by Representative Eric Feige from the Alaska State Legislature for courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island. During their meeting, he presented them with a letter […]

  • 6 September 2013
    Business & Finance

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. Based on EPA’s inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA documented […]

  • 11 January 2013

    Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is challenging claims by Shell Oil that they moved an Arctic drilling rig due to weather reports indicating a prolonged period of good weather, citing inconsistencies with reports from the National Weather Service and tax concerns that could have spurred Shell to attempt to rush their rig across state lines. In […]

  • 28 June 2012

    The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer set sail for the Arctic yesterday from Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard, following completion of extensive environmental and safety upgrades by its commercial ship repair subsidiary, Vigor Marine. “It is impossible to overstate the pride Vigor Marine teams have felt working on these critical rigs,” said Liz Ugorcak, Senior Director of […]

  • 28 June 2012
    Business & Finance

    Shell’s drillships the Kulluk and Noble Discoverer set sail for the Arctic yesterday from Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard, following completion of extensive environmental and safety upgrades by its commercial ship repair subsidiary, Vigor Marine. “It is impossible to overstate the pride Vigor Marine teams have felt working on these critical rigs,” said Liz Ugorcak, Senior […]