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Shell drill ships leave Seattle for Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Shell Oil spokesman says two of its drilling ships and support vessels are leaving Seattle for Arctic waters.

Curtis Smith says by e-mail that the the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer on Wednesday morning began the process of departing and will be en route to Alaska's Dutch Harbor.

The rigs will wait in the Aleutian Islands port until open water allows them to move north.

The Kulluk is headed to the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast for exploratory drilling during the summer open water season.

The Noble Discoverer will drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea off the state's northwest coast.

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