Shell drill ship breaks loose from tow vessels, runs aground
A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill ship has again broke loose from two towing vessels in a Gulf of Alaska storm and run aground on Sitkalidak Island.
The unified command center reports the Kulluk lost its tow lines with a tug boat and a 360-foot anchor handler on Monday night as the vessels tried to ride out forecast winds gusting to 69 mph and waves running up to 40 feet.
The vessel had been east of Kodiak Island. Its exact location was not immediately disclosed.
The command center says safety of personnel involved and the environment is a top priority.
The drill ship first broke loose from its towing vessel Thursday night.
Repeated attempts to harness it have failed.
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