• They are using Smit to head up the salvage operation. If Smit is famous for one thing it’s removing fuel from vessels floundering on the rocks. Seeing as the last report including no mention of the seaworthiness of the Kulluk and the announcement that Smit is leading the salvage effort should we just assume that [...]

  • How about the “bad fuel” contribution to this catastrophe? Where did the Aiviq obtain this bad fuel – Dutch Harbor, I assume? When you take on tens of thousands of gallons of fuel it’s standard operating procedure for mariners to QA/QC it – who did the checks? What are the implications from the bad fuel [...]

  • AdmiralLobeam commented on the diary post Kulluk Grounds – Spill Response “Ready to Go!” by EdwardTeller.

    2013-01-01 16:45:47View | Delete

    Understand that a private company would conduct the salvage operation – but the USCG would be well advised to have US Navy open ocean salvage experts strapped to their side right now. All these people running and jumping around with fancy vests on in the Marriott may look impressive to people but this is going [...]

  • AdmiralLobeam commented on the diary post Kulluk Grounds – Spill Response “Ready to Go!” by EdwardTeller.

    2013-01-01 16:23:48View | Delete

    Hopefully some basic questions will be asked and answered at this closed press conference. 1) Why did they ignore the weather forecast and set sail in predicted hazardous conditions that exceeded the capabilities of this towing operation? Who ordered them to depart and why? Shell has consistently been late in everything it’s done in 2012 [...]

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