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DATE: January 18, 2013 5:49:00 PM AKST

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Update #43: Kulluk stable as damage assessment data review continues

Jan. 18, 2013

The data gathering phase of the Kulluk assessment has been completed. Unified Command confirmed the following information today:

  • There were a total of 12 divers and one ROV (remotely operated vehicle) used during the assessment process in Kiliuda Bay. The divers operated during daylight hours and functioned as data gatherers.
  • No one was injured while performing the assessment.
  • Multiple entities are involved in the review of data, including: the U.S. Coast Guard, Shell, Smit Salvage and Det Norske Veritas. These reports involve precise calculations; it is important to ensure the accuracy of any reports in order to develop the next steps for the Kulluk. At this time there is no firm date for completion of the damage assessment report.
  • Once the damage report is completed, the Kulluk and any plans to move the vessel will be evaluated before it is moved to its next location.
  • Water did enter some spaces of the vessel through damaged hatches. However, the water has been captured and is being safely stored in a compartment.
  • The damage discovered on the Kulluk is consistent with what is expected from a vessel of this type being on hard ground. The fuel tanks are intact.
  • Points of entry for water into the Kulluk are being sealed (i.e., windows and hatches). Additionally, tow brackets are being added for preparation for the next move.
  • Unified Command’s priorities continue to be the safety of all personnel and the environment.

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