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DATE: January 1, 2013 8:57:00 AM AKST

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Unified Command Joint Information Center at (907) 433-3417
Update #14: Kulluk assessment continues

Following is an update from the Unified Command for the Kulluk Tow Incident:

  • The safety of responders remains the top priority. The Kulluk grounded on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island (between the north edge of Ocean Bay and Partition Cove) at approximately 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 2012. The shoreline of Partition Cove is primarily comprised of mixed sand and gravel beaches.
    • Severe weather conditions continue to impact operations.
    • Unified Command is aggressively implementing contingency and response plans.
    • Command’s priorities include a full assessment of the current conditions of the Kulluk.
    • The condition of the Kulluk has not been confirmed. The Coast Guard completed an initial night-time overflight on Dec. 31, 2012, and additional assessments are planned today.
    • There is strong collaboration and coordination among members of Unified Command. We are also working closely with local communities. The safety of the Alaska maritime environment is a major focus and Shell is working with state, local and tribal partners to ensure the safety of Alaska’s maritime environment.

For more information, visit www.KullukResponse.com. An audio file from last night's news conference may be found here.

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

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