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Coast Guard assisting 'Kulluk conical drilling unit' stranded near Kodiak


The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley attempts to attach a tow line to the tug Aiviq in 20-foot waves 50 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska, Dec. 28, 2012. Aiviq experienced multiple engine failures while towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk, the Alex Haley crew attempted to attach a towline to help limit vessel's drift and ensure the safety of the crews of the Aiviq and the Kulluk. U.S. Coast Guard photo
Posted on December 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Alaska

The Coast Guard is rushing to help stranded staff aboard one of Shell’s offshore drilling units and the tugboat heaving it across western Alaska waters, amid high seas and engine failures.
Shell Oil Rig Kulluk
Shell Oil Rig Kulluk (Photo credit: anyaku2419)

The problems befell the tugboat Aiviq as it towed the Kulluk conical drilling unit about 50 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska on Friday.

Coast Guard officials said the Aiviq tugboat experienced “multiple engine failures,” though crew eventually were able to restart one of the ship’s engines.

Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said the Aiviq’s main..
Coast Guard assists tug and tow in Gulf of Alaska
from USCG D11
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel are coordinating a response with Royal Dutch Shell representatives after the tugboat Aiviq experienced multiple engine failures while towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk approximately 50 miles south of Kodiak Island Friday.

The crew of the Aiviq reported that they were able to restart one of the ships engines and is currently awaiting assistance from the crews of the response vessels Guardsman and the Nanuq, which departed Seward and are expected on-scene early Friday afternoon.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is currently on scene and monitoring the situation.

“Our primary concern is ensuring the safety of the personnel aboard the Aiviq and Kulluk,” said Capt. Paul Mehler III, commander, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “We are working closely with industry representatives to provide assistance and to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”

Weather on scene has been reported as 40 mph winds and 20-foot seas.

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