Shell’s oil response barge is stuck in Bellingham, waiting for approval from the Coast Guard before it can begin its trip to the Alaskan Arctic. Federal inspectors want the company to make improvements to ensure the ship can withstand the harsh Arctic environment. Shell had hoped to be transiting through the Bering Sea by now with its fleet of ships.
Kim Murphy is an LA Times reporter who broke the story. She’s based in Seattle. Murphy says a lot of small issues are holding up the barge’s certification.
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