Drilling barge pulled from rocks off Alaska island

Jan 07, 2013 -- 10:30am

 

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Royal Dutch Shell drill vessel 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 in a powerful storm. It was being towed to Seattle for maintenance before it ran aground, but the lines that connected it to the towing ship broke. That same ship, the 360-foot Aiviq, pulled the Kulluk off the rocky bottom near Sitkalidak Island at 10:10 p.m. Sunday and started a slow tow toward Kiliuda Bay. High winds and sea swells threatened to slow the barge's 30-mile journey to the bay. But the ship made steady progress, moving about 4 mph. By 9 a.m., the vessels were about four miles from where crews planned to anchor up.
 

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