Shell drilling platform ran aground off the coast of Alaska

Floating drilling platform Kulluk Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell ran aground off the coast of Alaska on Monday night after several days of drifting in the ocean, information portal Alaska Dispatch citing company officials and government.

Platform ran aground off the island of Kodiak at 21.00 (10.00 MSK) due to gusts of gale force winds, up to 96 kilometers per hour and waves up to 10 meters. According to a U.S. Coast Guard Shane Montoya (Shane Montoya), does not exclude the possibility of fuel leaks. Specialists are ready to "eliminate possible leakage and evacuate the platform," said Montoya.

Platform is about 150,000 gallons (500,000 liters) of diesel fuel and about 12,000 gallons (50,000 liters) of engine oil, officials said the U.S. Coast Guard. In the evacuation platform attended by about 250 people. The situation is complicated by the severe weather conditions.

Shell drilling platform ran aground off Alaska

Platform Kulluk, which can not move on their own, lost speed on Thursday on the way to the Aleutian Islands in Seattle, after a failed engine to tow her vessel Aiviq. The military evacuated all personnel drifting platform — 18 people — 43 kilometers from the coast of uninhabited islands Trinity. After that Kulluk was again taken in tow by the repair ship, whose engines were repaired.

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