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Struggle for drill unit Kulluk still on, Aiviq regained power, Kodiak, Alaska



Crews of all involved vessels, drill unit Kulluk and its three support vessels, Guardsman, Aiviq and Nanuq, and USCG cutter Alex Haley, continued to battle 20-30 foot seas and 30-40 knot winds near Kodiak, Alaska during Dec 29. Repairing Aiviq's engines became the priority because Aiviq is the only vessel available on scene capable of towing Kulluk.
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Kodiak delivered engine parts and technicians to the crew of the support vessel Aiviq, in 30 mph winds and 20-foot seas last night, so they could make repairs to the ships three damaged engines. These repairs have enabled Aiviq to hold position with Kulluk to keep both vessels from drifting closer to shoal waters near Kodiak. Additionally the Nanuq has established a towline to Kulluk and both Nanuq and Aiviq are working in tandem to keep Kulluk safely under control. Plans to evacuate non-essential personnel from Kulluk are being developed, however, the heavy seas are contributing to heavy rolling and pitching of the Kulluk making helicopter hoisting operations extremely dangerous.
At approximately 5 a.m. Saturday, a MH-60 helicopter crew successfully completed the first delivery of engine parts to the crew of the Aiviq who began making repairs.
At approximately 7 a.m., Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Kodiak completed the delivery of engine parts to the crew of the support vessel Aiviq, in 30 mph winds and 20-foot seas.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., the crew of the Aiviq was able to successfully make repairs to the ships damaged engine with the Coast Guard delivered parts and were able to keep the Kulluk from drifting closer to shoal waters.
U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Date: Dec. 29, 2012

First news:
Offshore vessel Aiviq towing drill unit in trouble off Kodiak Island
USCG News Release Dec. 28, 2012: Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel are coordinating a response with Royal Dutch Shell representatives after m/v Aiviq experienced multiple engine failures while towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk approximately 50 miles south of Kodiak Island Dec 28. The crew of the Aiviq reported that they were able to restart one of the ships engines and is currently awaiting assistance from the crews of the response vessels Guardsman and the Nanuq, which departed Seward and are expected on-scene early Friday afternoon. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is currently on scene and monitoring the situation. Weather on scene has been reported as 40 mph winds and 20-foot seas.

Maritime Bulletin Reference:
Offshore supply vessel Aiviq IMO 9579016, dwt 4129, built 2012, flag USA, manager EDISON CHOUEST OFFSHORE LLC.
Tug Guardsman IMO 7506003, 538 gt, length 45 meters, built 1976, flag USA.
Offshore tug and supply vessel Nanuq IMO 9382841, dwt 4579, built 2007, flag USA.
USCG ship Alex Haley Callsign:NZPO, length 86 meters.
See map and USCG photo from the scene.




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