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Once conditions are deemed safe, UC intends to place an team on the Kulluk to further evaluate the vessel’s condition: j.mp/Xj3PS9Update #17: Flyovers planned to assess Kulluk condition
— Kulluk Tow Response (@KullukResponse) January 2, 2013
The Unified Command plans multiple flyovers today to assess the condition of the Conical Drill Unit (CDU) Kulluk that remains grounded but stable near Sitkalidak Island located on the north edge of Ocean Bay.
Once conditions are deemed safe, Unified Command intends to place an assessment team on the Kulluk to further evaluate the vessel’s condition.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instituted a Temporary Flight Restriction, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley is maintaining a safety zone of one nautical mile around the Kulluk this morning. Both restrictions were put in place to ensure the safety of response personnel, as well as local mariners and aviation pilots in the area.
The Kulluk is upright and stable, and the Coast Guard flight crew’s aerial assessment Jan. 1, 2013 found no signs of environmental impact.
More than 600 people are supporting this response. Unified Command remains focused on ensuring the safety of responders and protecting the environment.
Unified Command is working with Old Harbor Native Corporation to stage spill response equipment should it be needed.