Oil vessel of Shell stranded in Alaska with 530,000-litres of diesel

Oil vessel of Shell stranded in Alaska with 530,000-litres of diesel

Juneau : AK : USA | Jan 07, 2013 at 7:46 AM PST
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Kulluk, the 28,000-tons oil vessel of Shell loaded with 530,000-liters of diesel had ran aground near an uninhabited island in Alaska on New Years Eve.

It has been refloated and is now being gradually towed away at a speed of 3.5-Km per hour from the spot to a sheltered cove in Kiliuda Bay which is nearly 40-miles from Sitkalidak Island by Aiviq, the Seattle based company.

The towing is being carried out only at night with a fleet of seven other ships in attendance.

This has been reported in guardian.co.uk of dated 7th of January 2013.

Kulluk is an Arctic class bessel and has no engines of its own – it was on its way for maintenance in Seattle when it encountered rough weather and strong winds that broke its towing cables.

As a result, it got stranded.

Shell has said that the damages it has suffered due to this incident are not much but its reputation has taken a severe beating.

It has invested nearly $4.5-billion to dig for oil in the Arctic but has been facing problems one after another.

Its plan was to drill five wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska in 2012 but the drilling had to be suspended when a huge ice floe 30-miles long and 12-miles wide was seen to be heading towards the drilling ship.

Then came the setback of an engine fire in Noble Discoverer, a sister ship of Kulluk.

Moreover, the company has been hauled up by Federal authorities due to illegal fluid discharges of fluid from its vessels and Shell has apparently expressed its inability to meet up to the strict environmental requirements.

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