facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Tow line tied to grounded oil rig barge

Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM   |   Comments

JUNEAU, Alaska, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Crews trying to rescue an oil drilling rig barge grounded off an Alaska island attached a tow line to it Sunday evening, officials said.

Still to be determined, however, was exactly how the crews would inch the Royal Dutch Shell barge off the rocky shore of Sitkalidak Island without puncturing its fuel tanks, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Once the 266-foot Kulluk is back afloat, the plan will be to pull it about 30 miles to Kiliuda Bay, the newspaper said.

The non-powered barge, which had just completed its first Arctic drilling expedition, broke free from a tow ship during a raging storm and ran aground Dec. 31. It has sustained some damage, though it's not leaking any fuel.

Response officials told the Times the Aiviq would be the ship towing the Kulluk. A 10-member recovery team is aboard the barge. Stephen Doolan, a spokesman for the government's response effort, said the decision when to attempt would be made to pull the barge free would be made by the crew on site.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
4
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
5
Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback