Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.
Salvage teams have pulled Shell’s grounded drilling rig within 9 miles of a safe, protected bay, after successfully attaching a tow line to the vessel and freeing it from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast overnight.
Salvagers are preparing to try pulling Shell’s grounded Arctic drilling rig from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast as soon as critical equipment arrives on the scene and weather permits _ possibly before the weekend’s end.
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