Russian fuel tanker reaches Alaskan town bound by ice
January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
A Russian tanker carrying fuel arrived in the Alaskan town of Nome on Saturday night, the Coast Guard said, as officials started preparations on delivering the much-needed supplies.
U.S Coast Guard ice breaker Cutter Healy accompanied the fuel tanker Renda as it made its way through the frozen waters carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products.
“The first step is to ensure the ice is safe for the personnel to walk on,” said Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow. “Then they will work to connect the piping and check for leaks. Safety is our primary concern.”
The cutter has broken through almost 300 miles of ice for the tanker on a journey that took them through southern Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The voyage is the first-ever attempt to supply fuel to an Arctic Alaska settlement through sea ice.