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Abandoned Shell drilling ship life boats washed ashore

A Coast Guard Captain spotted four life boats, described as debris, which had drifted ashore from the ill-fated Shell drilling ship, the Kulluk, abandoned, battered and aground in an environmentally important area. Shell lawyers must be busy assessing the implications from the ship wreck, including salvage and insurance issues. According to a Reuters report, the Kulluk “dragged two vessels trying to control it more than 10 miles toward a wave-battered rocky shore before the crews cut it loose to save themselves.” The stricken 30 year old ship, was owned by Royal Dutch/Shell and operated by Noble Corp. It should have been sent to the breakers yard long ago or perhaps offloaded to BG Group, who have a liking for Shell relics.

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