Shell Drill Rig Kulluk Heavily Damaged – To Be Put on Oceangoing Drydock and Moved to Asia

By: Monday January 28, 2013 3:39 pm

I have now received word from two anonymous sources on Kodiak Island that it appears damage assessment of the Shell Oil drill rig Kulluk is far worse than has been thus far disclosed by the Unified Command: Severe hull damage, making it unsafe to tow it to Puget Sound. Severe power plant damage from saltwater contamination. Severe damage to wiring, ventilation and other internal control systems.

Supposedly, a very large, oceangoing dry dock will be underway soon to Kodiak from Asia, and the rig will then be brought to Asia, most likely Korea, where it has been worked on before.

 

Is there anything remotely resembling common sense buried somewhere in Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling project?

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 5:54 am

This week’s grounding of the Kulluk may have actually been inevitable. A new, untried design, the Aiviq, took at least one too many chances when deciding to not take shelter – there were no lack of good options – about a week ago, as weather reports rapidly worsened in the north Gulf of Alaska.

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