Today started with a bang. First, I was looking at a day off. With phone calls.
But also KULLUK was looking to jump on XIANG for a ride to Korea.
I was talking to my boss on the phone as I saw Kulluk leaving its custom dock at OSI Captains Bay.
XIANG was waiting in the bay, already semi-submerged..
It took a while, but they nosed KULLUK up to the XIANG very slowly.
Then they put the big supporting blocks in place via divers. Then they SLOWLY moved Kulluk in.
When in position, XIANG raised up to close proximity. Block positions were checked (divers). Then XIANG rose some more. It took seven hours. It was like molasses that was cold poring from a bottle. It was a setting for pictures, movies were irrelevant.
But there were a LOT of photographers out with 2 foot lenses and such. And me. Everyone knew this was a big day. They were parking along Captains Bay Road, and ON Captains Bay Road. All day.
I talked to my contacts at Shell as well as OSI and they said Kulluk would be WATER CHALLENGED around 6 PM. They were correct.
Meanwhile, it looks like I am in the DUPLEX for the last 12 days. A confusing road has taken me to this point. It has been a great 4 years of great views. But there are other views to be viewed.