TV: ‘Sucking and blowing’ from tank on troubled oil rig in Alaska — “There may be a breach of those fuel tanks somewhere” — Officials caught rehearsing on conference call (VIDEO)
Excerpts from Alaska Dispatch:
- Sean Churchfield, incident commander and operations manager for Royal Dutch Shell Alaska, offered few details on the overall condition of the Kulluk and had no update on the vessel’s hull. During Wednesday’s short press briefing, officials said the fuel tanks were intact, but that a tank in a “void space” that was “sucking and blowing” and could be cause for concern.
- Whether or not ballast tanks aboard the Kulluk have been breached remains unknown as of Thursday.
Excerpts from Anchorage Daily News:
- At a news conference Thursday, Churchfield also said that electrical generators on the Kulluk are wrecked, but declined to say how that would affect future salvage efforts. He and a Coast Guard official, Capt. Paul Mehler, the federal on-scene commander, also wouldn’t estimate when an attempt would be made to move the Kulluk.
- The salvage teams discovered “some wave damage to the topsides of the vessel and that a number of water-tight hatches have been breached, causing water damage inside, and the team has secured some of the open hatches,” Churchfield said.
MSNBC: “Sucking and blowing it turns out in this case is not a good thing. It means there may be a breach of those fuel tanks somewhere”