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Wave damage, flooding found on beached Shell drill ship

Published on Jan 4, 2013 10:24 AM
 
The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40km south-west of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken on Jan 2, 2013. The Royal Dutch Shell drill ship that was tossed by high winds and grounded off an Alaska island on New Years Eve has suffered some damage from waves and flooding, but so far has not spilled any of the 155,000 gallons of fuel and other petroleum products aboard, officials managing the emergency response said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ANCHORAGE (REUTERS) - The Royal Dutch Shell drill ship that was tossed by high winds and grounded off an Alaska island on New Years Eve has suffered some damage from waves and flooding, but so far has not spilled any of the 155,000 gallons of fuel and other petroleum products aboard, officials managing the emergency response said.

Salvage experts were flown to the stricken Kulluk on Wednesday and Thursday, officials said at a news conference in Anchorage.

"We can confirm that the Kulluk remains upright and stable and there is no evidence of sheening in the vicinity," said Mr Sean Churchfield, Shell's Alaska operations manager and the company's emergency response coordinator.

The salvage crews found "some wave damage to the topside of the vessel" and several breached hatches that caused water damage inside, he said. Generators had also been damaged, and new generators might be needed to move the vessel.

 
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