2 Tow Lines Again Secured To Shell Drill Ship

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File photo of Shell oil refinery.  (credit: Richard During/Getty Images)

File photo of Shell oil refinery. (credit: Richard During/Getty Images)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tow lines are again secured to a Royal Dutch Shell drill ship that was adrift in the Gulf of Alaska.

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says weather conditions improved and the first tow line was attached to the ship at 12:45 a.m. Monday. The second line was attached sometime later.

The drill ship broke free of its lines attached to two towing vessels on Sunday during a fierce storm. The vessel has no propulsion system of its own and was being towed.

Smith says the drill ship on Monday morning was about 20 miles south of Kodiak Island. He says officials are evaluating the next step in getting the drill rig to a safe harbor. Smith says the weather remains stormy.

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