Grounded Alaska drilling unit refloated and under tow

JANUARY 7, 2013 — The Unified Command reports that At approximately 10:10 p.m., the Shell drilling vessel Kulluk which grounded New Year's Eve (see earlier story)  was refloated from its Sitkalidak Island position.

Initially, the Unified Command reported the Kulluk as attached to the Aiviq by tow line and "currently floating offshore while personnel are assessing the condition of the vessel.  Three additional tugs are on standby along with the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and two oil spill response vessels."

But as of 3 a.m.this morning, Unified Command reported the Kulluk as remaining in tow by the Aiviq traveling at 4.8 knots (5.5 mph) with its location 19 miles from land