Kulluk drilling unit arrives in Kodiak Island safe harbour

          Kulluk drilling unit arrives in Kodiak Island safe harbour

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 7, 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Shell today confirmed its
Arctic-class drilling unit, the Kulluk, has been safely towed to a safe
harbour on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, where it will undergo a
thorough safety assessment before resuming its journey to its winter harbour
for repairs and maintenance.

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The Kulluk was driven aground by violent weather on the southeast shoreline of
nearby Sitkalidak Island on December 31, 2012, while under tow from Alaska to
Seattle, Washington State. 

Commenting on the incident, Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company, said:
"We undertake significant planning and preparation in an effort to ensure
these types of incidents do not occur. We're very sorry it did. Since the
grounding, Shell has worked with all parties in the Unified Command structure
to ensure a safe outcome and to protect the maritime environment in the
vicinity of the grounded vessel. Thanks to the professionalism, dedication,
and skill of all those involved in the recovery effort, I'm pleased to say
those objectives have been met with no significant injuries and no
environmental impact. 

"At this stage, it's too early to gauge any impact on our ongoingexploration
plans, but with the Kulluk now safely recovered, we'll carry out a detailed
assessment of the vessel to understand what those impacts might be. In the
meantime, we will participate in the US Coast Guard's investigation into the
causes of this incident and will implement lessons learned."

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