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Wayward Rig ‘Kulluk’ Safely Arrives Kiliuda Bay

Posted by | 08.01.2013 | Maritime News

Wayward Rig 'Kulluk' Safely Arrives Kiliuda Bay The ‘Kulluk’, towed by the ‘AHTS Aiviq’ has arrived in the safe harbor for assessment of any damage caused by its recent grounding.

The Kulluk was refloated from its Ocean Bay position, off Sitkalidak Island, late Jan. 6, and will remain connected to its support vessels while it undergoes assessment in Kiliuda Bay, located about 30 miles north of Ocean Bay. The final location for assessment within the Bay will be determined by environmental conditions, including weather.

The Coast Guard Cu…tter Alex Haley escorted the tow to Kiliuda Bay along with two oil spill response vessels and other support vessels. A 500-yard radius safety zone around the Kulluk followed the escort and remains in place in Kiliuda Bay.

Monitoring by the oil spill response vessels escorting the tow confirmed that there were no signs of a discharge of oil during the transit.

The Kulluk grounded on New Year’s Eve, after it broke tow during severe weather conditions.

The ‘Unified Command’ continues to coordinate with the Old Harbor Native Corporation to assist with any necessary cleanup activities. Additional spill response land resources have been staged in Old Harbor.

 

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