ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Responders are preparing to hook a main tow line to an oil-drilling ship grounded on rocks near a remote Alaska island.
Officials overseeing the response to the grounding of Royal Dutch Shell's Kulluk barge said they could use the line to "test capabilities" as they prepare to recover the ship.
But the plans Saturday are subject to tides and weather. They can be fierce in the North Pacific during winter.
Officials also hope to deploy oil-soaking booms around nearby Kodiak Island, especially near any salmon streams.
They say there's no sign the hull has been breached or that oil has spilled from the vessel. It ran aground during a year-end storm.