Officials Assess Drill Barge Hull

Divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles have completed a review of the hull of a Royal Dutch Shell drill barge that ran aground two weeks ago on a remote Alaska island.

A spokeswoman for the joint information center on the Kulluk grounding says information gathered by divers and the ROVs is being analyzed.

The Kulluk is a circular barge 266 feet in diameter with a 160-foot derrick.

The Kulluk drilled last year in the Beaufort Sea. It was being towed to Seattle on Dec. 27 when it lost its tow line. Reattached lines also broke and the vessel ran aground New Year’s Eve.

The drill vessel was refloated Jan. 6 and towed to Kiliuda Bay, a sheltered bay on Kodiak Island.

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