Divers assess hull of drill rig that ran aground

AP News
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 6:41 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles have completed a review of the hull of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge that ran aground two weeks ago on a remote Alaska island.

A spokeswoman for the joint information center on the Kulluk (KULL'-uk) grounding, Amber Bassen, says information gathered by divers and the ROVs is being analyzed.

The Kulluk is a circular barge 266 feet in diameter with a 160-foot derrick.

The Kulluk drilled last year in the Beaufort (BOH'-fort) Sea. It was being towed to Seattle on Dec. 27 when it lost its tow line. Reattached lines also broke and the vessel ran aground New Year's Eve.

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The drill vessel was refloated Jan. 6 and towed to Kiliuda (kill-OO'-dah) Bay, a sheltered bay on Kodiak Island.