Seattle requires new permit for Shell drillship to moor

(SEATTLE) — A drillship that Shell intends to use for oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic cannot be moored at the Port of Seattle without a new permit, Alaska Dispatch News reported. In a finding released Monday, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development said the port lease held by Shell contractor Foss Maritime covers only cargo operations, not moorage and maintenance of oil rigs and oil-related vessels. For Foss to use its lease to moor Polar Pioneer and its tugs at the terminal, a new permit must be obtained — a process that could take several weeks, according to a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray.

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By Professional Mariner Staff