(KTUU) A Shell mobile drilling unit is stable after running aground New Year's Eve near Kodiak, Alaska following failed attempts to tow the vessel in a fierce storm, responders said during a Tuesday press conference.
"Following the U.S. Coast Guard reconnaissance flight earlier today, the Kulluk is upright and rocking with a slow, but stable motion," said Shell Alaska Operations Manager Sean Churchfield.
Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler III, the incident commander for the Kulluk's grounding, said it happened at about 9 p.m. Monday on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island in Ocean Bay.
Mehler said the Kulluk's position, maintained despite conditions he described as including 70-knot winds and 50-foot seas, will hopefully give salvage crews a chance to board the unit.