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Drifting Shell drill ship grounds on rocks off Alaska

Waves crash over the conical drilling unit Kulluk where it sits aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg'/USCG/Handout

Waves crash over the conical drilling unit Kulluk where it sits aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan...more

Waves crash over the conical drilling unit Kulluk where it sits aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg'/USCG/Handout
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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Jayhawk helicopter crew delivers personnel to the conical drilling unit Kulluk, southeast of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg /Handout

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Jayhawk helicopter crew delivers personnel to the conical drilling unit Kulluk, southeast of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast...more

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Jayhawk helicopter crew delivers personnel to the conical drilling unit Kulluk, southeast of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg /Handout
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The tow vessel Aiviq (L) and the tug Alert tow the conical drilling unit Kulluk through rough seas southeast of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg /Handout

The tow vessel Aiviq (L) and the tug Alert tow the conical drilling unit Kulluk through rough seas southeast of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd...more

The tow vessel Aiviq (L) and the tug Alert tow the conical drilling unit Kulluk through rough seas southeast of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg /Handout
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Four technicians return to Air Station Kodiak after visiting the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 52 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis/Handout

Four technicians return to Air Station Kodiak after visiting the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 52 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st...more

Four technicians return to Air Station Kodiak after visiting the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 52 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 31, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis/Handout
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The tug Aiviq travels at just under 2 mph with the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in tow 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher/Handout

The tug Aiviq travels at just under 2 mph with the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in tow 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class...more

The tug Aiviq travels at just under 2 mph with the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in tow 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher/Handout
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A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak overflies the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tandem towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher/Handout

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak overflies the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tandem towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January...more

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak overflies the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tandem towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher/Handout
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The mobile drilling unit Kulluk is towed by the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq in 29 mph winds and 20-foot seas 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher /Handout

The mobile drilling unit Kulluk is towed by the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq in 29 mph winds and 20-foot seas 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S Coast Guard/Petty...more

The mobile drilling unit Kulluk is towed by the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq in 29 mph winds and 20-foot seas 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher /Handout
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The tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tow tandem tow the mobile driling unit Kulluk 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher/Handout

The tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tow tandem tow the mobile driling unit Kulluk 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris...more

The tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tow tandem tow the mobile driling unit Kulluk 116 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska in this December 30, 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters January 1, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Usher/Handout
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