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DATE: December 30, 2012 11:04:00 AM AKST

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Unified Command Joint Information Center at (907) 433-3417
Update #7: Kulluk remains securely under tow

The Unified Command continues to respond to the incident with the tow vessel Aiviq and the conical drill unit Kulluk south of Kodiak Sunday.

Following a night of severe weather in the Gulf of Alaska, the Kulluk drilling unit remains securely under tow by the Aiviq and the Nanuq. All three vessels are roughly 20 miles south of Kodiak Island.

The tug boat, Alert, is heading to the scene and is expected to arrive this afternoon. The Alert will join the Guardsman as a vessel of opportunity should they be called upon to assist in the tow. There are multiple U.S. Coast Guard assets on scene, and the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is en route from Kodiak to assist as needed.

“I’m very pleased with the effort that’s taking place to ensure the safety of personnel and the environment in extremely challenging conditions. We continue to work with the U.S. Coast Guard, Edison Chouest Offshore, State of Alaska and response personnel to manage the situation,” said Sean Churchfield, Incident Commander, and Shell.

Media inquiries should be directed to the Joint Information Center 907-433-3417.

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