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Kulluk refloated

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, January 7, 2013 – With arrival of favorable high tides at Sikalidak Island, recovery crews refloated the Kulluk shortly after 1:00 AM CST today.  Shortly afterward the anchor handling vessel Aiviq commenced towing the conical drillship toward safe harbor at Kiliuda Bay about 30 miles to the northeast. Once there a detailed damage assessment will begin.  Infrared monitoring equipment on one of the vessels in a flotilla accompanying the tow shows no indication of fuel in the water and onboard tank checks confirm no change in fuel levels.  A crew of eleven remains onboard Kulluk during towing operations.

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