Shell’s damaged Kulluk drill rig has arrived in Unalaska, a week after leaving Kodiak. The rig will be towed to its specialized dock in Captain’s Bay later this afternoon.
Shell spokesperson Curtis Smith says the heavy-lift vessel that will be picking up the rig is on its way as well. The Xiang Rui Kou left China on Sunday, according to its automated tracking system. Once the heavy-lift vessel arrives, it will fill its ballast tanks, sink below the Kulluk and lift the drill rig onto its deck.
The rig will then head to dry dock in Asia for repairs. Smith says as of today, no shipyard has selected.
- The city thinks Hecla's Greens Creek mine may be responsible. The mine says its discharges in the area meet state requirements.
- Sarah Erkmann, external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association trade group, said the tax amounts to “punishing” oil companies.
- The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon canceled its annual convention slated to be held in Haines, mainly due to the weak Canadian dollar.
- For now, traffic in Gastineau Channel will not be restricted, but Hilbert said they will likely establish a no-wake zone during the actual salvage operation.