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Response & Recovery Fact Sheet - Updated 4:39 p.m., Jan. 7

Kulluk Status: For ongoing updates on the status of the Kulluk, visit

Kulluk Facts: 

  • Conical shell (outer steel skin): approximately 1.25 to 1.5 inches thick
  • Watertight void space: approximately 3- to 6-feet wide
  • Conical inner plate: approximately .35 inches thick
  • The Kulluk weighs 18,681 tons when empty

Grounding: At the time of grounding, the Kulluk was situated in a depth of 24-48 feet, with sea swells of 25-35 feet. Winds were E/SE at 55 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph.

Recovery leads: The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Kodiak Island Borough, Noble Drilling and Shell are working together under a Unified Command system.

Response team: More than 730 personnel are working on the response-and-recovery effort.

Vessels on-scene: Vessels supporting the response-and-recovery efforts, including the successful tow to Kiliuda Bay, have included:

  • USCG Cutter Alex Haley

  • Aiviq, towing ship

  • Alert, tug

  • Nanuq, tug

  • Perseverance, supply

  • Ocean Wave, tug

  • Corbin Foss, tug

  • Lauren Foss, tug

  • Warrior, tug

  • Arctic Endeavor, oil spill response barge

  • Sisuaq, supply/oil spill response vessel

  • John Brix, tug

  • DBL 79, tank barge

  • Vigilant, tug

  • Point Oliktok, tug

  • Nunaniq, landing craft and supply vessel

  • Guardsman, tug

  • T/B 180-1, tank barge

  • Arctic Seal, landing craft

Aircraft: Air assets assisting in the response and recovery have included:

  • 2 U.S. Army Chinook helicopters                              

    2 U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters

    2 U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters

    1 U.S. Coast Guard C-130 flight

    4 Era Aviation helicopters

    2 Era Aviation planes

    2 Bristow helicopters

    1 Frontier plane

    1 Lynden C-130 plane

    1 PenAir Saab 340 plane

    2 Western Airways planes            

Fluids on-board: Up to 143,000 gallons of diesel and approximately 12,000 gallons of other petroleum products are onboard the Kulluk.

Fluid status: All fuel tanks have been inspected and are intact. Inspections conducted on and around the Kulluk continue to confirm no sign of sheen or fluids onboard or in the water.

Flight/Safety zones: The flight safety zone is set at three nautical miles from the current position, and the marine safety zone at 500 yards.      

Spill contingencies: Unified Command has mobilized spill response equipment to the area as a precautionary measure, which will remain in place through completion of the recovery effort. These include:

  • Equipment staging area
  • Spill response vessels
  • Spill response boom
  • Skimmers
  • Storage barges
  • Pressure washers
  • Pumps

As a precautionary measure, Unified Command deployed boom to Sitkalidak Island with special attention paid to salmon streams entering into Ocean Bay. Nearshore and offshore oil spill assets also have been deployed.

Wildlife protection: As part of the recovery operation, Unified Command has developed a wildlife protection plan to be used in the event that wildlife in the area is impacted during the recovery. Also, International Bird Rescue has been activated to assist in bird rescue programs should their expertise be required.

Community consultation:                                            

  • Unified Command secured permits from the Old Harbor Native Corporation to access the Sitkalidak shoreline near the Kulluk’s former grounding position.
  • The meeting with Kodiak officials is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Kodiak High School Commons. 
  • A community meeting at Old Harbor took place on Monday, Jan. 7.
  • Regular community outreach calls are taking place between Unified Command personnel and officials from Old Harbor, Akhiok, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC), Cook Inlet RCAC and other stakeholders.

For ongoing updates on the status of the Kulluk, visit

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