Coast Guard Investigates Arctic Drill Ship

A drill ship used by Shell Oil in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast is under investigation by the Coast Guard for issues with pollution control equipment and crew safety.

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by DAN JOLING, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - A drill ship used by Shell Oil in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast is under investigation by the Coast Guard for issues with pollution control equipment and crew safety.

The Noble Discoverer, owned by Noble Corp., has been temporarily ordered to remain in Seward, Alaska, while deficiencies were corrected.

Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow says the investigation continues, but the drill ship is in good enough shape to be towed to a shipyard in the Pacific Northwest for additional repair.

A Noble Corp. spokesman did not immediately answer a phone call Thursday.

Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says six issues that were identified have been resolved and 10 more will be addressed at the shipyard.

He says the problems are largely connected to the ship's marine systems and not to drilling activities.

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