Ship Photos of the Day – Shell’s Arctic Fleet

Shell Alaska has deployed a wide range of vessels in support of its 2015 exploratory drilling at the Burger Prospect in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. The fleet consists of two drilling rigs and 29 vessels, including anchor handlers, barges, ice management units, landing craft/crew boats, offshore supply vessels, oil spill response vessels, tankers and tugs. Here’s a look at some of those vessels:

Drilling Units

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Above: Polar Pioneer

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Noble Discoverer

Anchor Handlers (AHTS)

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Tor Viking II

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Aiviq

Not pictured: Ross Chouest

Barges

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Arctic Challenger carrying the Arctic Containment System, the first operational subsea dome oil collection and processing unit.

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Klamath, an oil spill response barge, and its supporting tug Guardsman.

Not Pictured: Tuuq, American Trader, Arctic Endeavor

Ice Management Vessels

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Fennica

Not pictured: Nordica

Landing Craft/Crew Boats

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Unalaq

Not Pictured: King-C

Offshore Supply

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Harvey Sisuaq

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Harvey Spirit

Not Pictured: Harvey Champion, Harvey Explorer, Harvey Supporter

Oil Spill Response

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Nanuq

Tankers

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Minerva Antarctica

Not Pictured: Marika

Tugs

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Ocean Wind

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Montana

Not Pictured: Benjamin Foss, Ocean Wave

All photos (c) Shell Alaska