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January 8, 2013

600 work to free grounded oil barge

  • A salvage expert says Royal Dutch Shell won't likely be able to remove the Kulluk until spring.
  • By DAN JOLING
    Associated press

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It could take until spring for crews to remove a grounded oil-drilling ship from rocks near a remote Alaska island, thanks to the fury of the North Pacific winter, a veteran marine salvager said.

    The Kulluk, a Royal Dutch Shell PLC barge, ran aground during a fierce year-end storm, and more than 600 people are working on its recovery. But Dan Magone, who has worked on other major groundings in Alaska, said he'd be surprised if they can remove it any time soon.


     
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