by McKenzie Funk, The New York Times, December 30, 2014
The Kulluk, Shell’s Arctic drill rig, being towed to its moorage in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in July 2012. Credit James Mason
The Coast Guard extracted crew members from the Kulluk as it was being blown toward shore. Video by CoastGuardNews
The crew was safe, and now the Aiviq was coming back to life: Before and during the rescue, the helicopters had also hoisted 2,000 pounds of replacement parts to the crippled tug: injectors that had been flown to Alaska in a private jet, then transferred to the Jayhawks. All four main diesel engines on the Aiviq would eventually be restarted. With another low-pressure system on the way as the first engines fired up, the tug began trying to tow the Kulluk south into the open ocean.
McKenzie Funk is a founding member of Deca and the author of “Windfall.” This article is adapted from “Of Ice and Men,” to be published this month by Deca.