Kulluk Arrives in Unalaska
Tuesday, March 05 2013
Several dozen people gathered on the beach in Unalaska Tuesday afternoon to watch as Shell’s damaged drill rig was towed into port.
Four local tugs actually maneuvered the 277-foot Kulluk into Captain’s Bay, while the ocean-going tugs that towed it from Kodiak stood by. The rig will tie up at its specialized dock in the bay until the ‘heavy-lift’ vessel Xiang Rui Kou arrives to take it to dry dock in Asia.
Shell spokesperson Curtis Smith couldn’t say when the heavy-lift vessel is scheduled to arrive. According to its automated tracking system, the Xiang Rui Kou left China on Sunday. Once it gets to Unalaska, the vessel will fill its ballast tanks, sink below the Kulluk and then lift the drill rig onto its deck.
Smith says Shell hasn’t yet selected a shipyard for repairs to the damaged rig.