Kulluk Refloated

 

Officials say a Shell oil–drilling ship that ran aground near a remote Alaska island has been refloated.

The Unified Command says Royal Dutch Shell's Kulluk was floated from the rocks late last night and teams are assessing its condition.

Once they're satisfied that the vessel is seaworthy, it will be towed 30 miles to shelter in Kodiak Island's Kiliuda Bay.

Responders say that so far there's no sign the hull of the Kulluk has been breached or that oil has spilled from the vessel.

The main tow line was attached earlier in the day in preparation for the refloating when ocean conditions were favorable.

The oil drilling vessel, which has no engines of its own, was being towed for maintenance when it ran aground during a powerful storm on New Year's Eve.