Damaged Shell ship heading to Oregon for repairs

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — An icebreaker crucial to Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil drilling plans will be sent to Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, Reuters reported. The 380-foot Fennica, which carries emergency equipment designed to contain an undersea well blowout, sustained a 39-inch tear in its hull July 3. A Shell spokesman said the repairs should not affect Shell's schedule for drilling two exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea.

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By Professional Mariner Staff