Coast Guard finds 16 violations on Shell ship
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has turned its investigation of violations on an Arctic drill ship over to the Department of Justice.
The Coast Guard found 16 violations on the ship Noble Discoverer after it completed drilling this summer in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northern coast. The vessel is operated by Royal Dutch Shell PLC.
Among the violations were propulsion problems with the ship and fire hazards. Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts detailed the violations Friday, which were first reported by the Anchorage Daily News.
A Shell spokesman says many of the issues have been addressed but the ship is being sent to Asia for further inspection.
Shell's other Arctic ship will also be sent to Asia after it grounded on New Year's Eve near Alaska's Kodiak Island.