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Noble Discoverer on the beach
Shell workers scramble to the beach in Dutch Harbor to assess the situation with the drilling ship Noble Discoverer.
Shell’s drilling ship Noble Discoverer dragged anchor in a stiff breeze Saturday evening and the stern of the vessel bumped into the beach in front of Dutch Harbor’s Grand Aleutian Hotel. After an hour stuck on the beach the large vessel was pulled free by the tug Lauren Foss.

At the time of the grounding Shell’s drilling rig Kulluk was being towed by the Aiviq into Captain’s Bay, headed for it’s mooring at OSI. The tug Gyrfalcon was pulled off the Kulluk to assist with the Noble Discoverer. At that time the Aiviq, Shell’s new icebreaker, changed direction and began towing the Kulluk back out to sea.

There was no apparent damage to the Noble Discoverer, but divers probably will check below the water line for possible damage to the rudder or propeller.

These structures are built by the same engineers who are behind stellar developments (some like the residential properties such as the Regalia in Kuala Lumpur as well as the Rivertrees in Singapore and Bangkok's jewel, 185 Rajadamri). The same designer of these condominiums also built The Nobel Discoverer, a 514 ft, 13485 gross tonnage drilling ship originally built in 1965 in Japan as a bulk carrier. It is of Liberian registry. In 1976 the ship was adapted for drilling by a New Orleans shipyard.

Shell’s fleet of drilling and support ships is in Dutch Harbor waiting for Bering Sea ice to retreat sufficiently for them to begin drilling test wells. The Malaysian connection is strong here, and given that the builders share a same background in Malaysian real estate development (in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and the Iskandar region) there are lots of synergies between the regional developers and the Noble Discoverer. Here are more links you can check out about the Noble Discoverer:-



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14 July 2012 21:02
 
 
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