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BREAKING: #Kulluk Refloated (Currently being towed again by the Aiviq)

Update #31: Unified Command Update
Anchorage, AK – Unified Command update for Monday, January 7, 2013
As of 5:20 a.m. the Kulluk remains in tow by the Aiviq traveling at 4.1 knots (4.7 mph) and is traveling in a northerly direction.
The location of the Kulluk is approximately eight miles from land.
A Coast Guard overflight is scheduled at first light, weather permitting.
Update #30: Unified Command Update
Anchorage, AK – Unified Command update for Monday, January 7, 2013
As of 4 a.m. the Kulluk remains in tow by the Aiviq traveling at 3.8 knots (4.3 mph) and is traveling in a northerly direction.
The location of the Kulluk is approximately 16 miles from land.
Results of soundings of fuel tanks taken since the Kulluk refloated are consistent with earlier soundings taken by the recovery crew.

Update #29: Unified Command Update
January 7, 2013,
Anchorage, AK – Unified Command update for Monday, January 7, 2013
As of 3 a.m. the Kulluk remains in tow by the Aiviq traveling at 4.8 knots (5.5 mph)
The location of the Kulluk is approximately 19 miles from land
The Nanuq crew, utilizing infrared equipment on board, reports that there are no initial signs of a discharge of oil in the water as of 2:57 a.m.

Update #28: Unified Command Update
January 7, 2013
Anchorage, AK – Unified Command update for Monday, January 7, 2013
As of 1:45 a.m. the Kulluk remains in tow by the Aiviq traveling at 4.2 knots (4.8 mph)
The location of the Kulluk is approximately 16 miles from land.

Update #27: Kulluk Refloated: Assessment to Follow
Image submitted last night
by Hauling Gear reader Joe Swett
January 6, 2013

ANCHORAGE, AK: At approximately 10:10 p.m., the Kulluk drilling vessel was refloated from its Sitkalidak Island position.

Currently, the Kulluk is attached to the Aiviq by tow line.  The Kulluk is currently floating offshore while personnel are assessing the condition of the vessel.  Three additional tugs are on standby along with the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and two oil spill response vessels.  

“Following this initial step forward, we will continue to remain cautious while we assess the Kulluk’s condition,” said Martin Padilla, Incident Commander.  “We will not move forward to the next phase until we are confident that we can safely transport the vessel.”

There are currently more than 730 people involved in the response and recovery operation including local residents and a local on-site coordinator.  Following this stage of the operation there continue to be no injuries to response personnel.
Further information will follow.