Report on Kulluk grounding likely won't be made public until 2014

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — A U.S. Coast Guard report on the grounding of the Royal Dutch Shell drill vessel Kulluk likely will not be made public until early 2014, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The lead investigator has been granted a six-week extension after nine days of hearings that included testimony from representatives of Shell, rig operator Noble Corp. and tow vessel operator Edison Chouest Offshore. Kulluk broke free from its towing vessel and grounded off Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, on Dec. 31.

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By Professional Mariner Staff