Coast Guard to Take Testimony on Shell Grounding
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Circumstances surrounding the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island will be explored in a public hearing in Anchorage.
The Coast Guard says a marine casualty investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk (CUL'-uk) will begin at noon Monday at the Loussac (LOO'-sak) Library and could last two weeks.
The Kulluk in late December was under tow and bound from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands to a Seattle shipyard. It ran into rough Gulf of Alaska water.
It lost the connection to its towing vessel and ran aground off Sitkalidak (sit-kah-LEE-dak) Island on New Year's Eve.
Salvors floated the barge six days later, but damage to the ship played a role in Shell's decision not to drill in Arctic waters in 2013.