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Exclusive Video: Latest Renda/Healy flyby from USCG, the world watching (photos/video) #FrozenNome



The world watching....

http://www.adn.com/2012/01/10/2256355/fuel-tanker-icebreaker-make-progress.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/10/us/alaska-fuel-shipment/?hpt=us_c2

http://www.wcti12.com/weather/30185696/detail.html

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BERING SEA — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy makes relief cuts in the ice around the Russian-flagged tanker Renda 97 miles south of Nome, Alaska, Jan. 10, 2012.
The Healy is escorting the Renda through more than 300 miles of ice to make a critical fuel delivery to the city of Nome.
BERING SEA - The Coast Guard Cutter Healy approaches the Russian-flagged tanker Renda while breaking ice around the vessel 97 miles south of Nome, Alaska, Jan. 10, 2012. The two vessels departed Dutch Harbor for Nome on Jan. 3, 2012, to deliver more than 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to the city of Nome. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
BERING SEA - The Coast Guard Cutter Healy approaches the Russian-flagged tanker Renda while breaking ice around the vessel 97 miles south of Nome, Alaska, Jan. 10, 2012.
The two vessels departed Dutch Harbor for Nome on Jan. 3, 2012, to deliver more than 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to the city of Nome.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Cmdr. Scott Johnson, forward operating base Nome operations section chief, coordinates a planning meeting for the Nome Fuel Energy support operation Jan. 10, 2012. The Coast Guard is working closely with local, state federal and tribal partners along with industry representatives to coordinate the safe delivery of fuel to Nome. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Cmdr. Scott Johnson, forward operating base Nome operations section chief, coordinates a planning meeting for the Nome fuel support mission Jan. 10, 2012.
The Coast Guard is working closely with local, state federal and tribal partners along with industry representatives to coordinate the safe delivery of fuel to Nome.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shawn Erwin, the Coast Guard fuel transfer monitor for the Nome fuel delivery, discusses the daily mission schedule with Joy Baker, City of Nome Harbormaster and Mike Cannon, a Vitus Marine employee Jan 10, 2012. The Coast Guard, City of Nome and industry representatives are working closely to ensure the safety of Nome residents and industry workers in the environment during the planned Nome fuel transfer from the tanker Renda to storage facilities on shore. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shawn Erwin, the Coast Guard fuel transfer monitor for the Nome fuel delivery, discusses the daily mission schedule with Joy Baker, City of Nome Harbormaster and Mike Cannon, a Vitus Marine employee Jan 10, 2012.
The Coast Guard, City of Nome and industry representatives are working closely to ensure the safety of Nome residents and industry workers in the environment during the planned Nome fuel transfer from the tanker Renda to storage facilities on shore.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shawn Erwin and Lt. William Albright inspect a snow machine at the Air National Guard Armory in Nome Jan. 10, 2012. The Coast Guard plans to use snow machines to assess ice conditions and enforce a planned fuel transfer safety zone. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shawn Erwin and Lt. William Albright inspect a snow machine at the Air National Guard Armory in Nome Jan. 10, 2012.
The Coast Guard plans to use snow machines to assess ice conditions and enforce a planned fuel transfer safety zone.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Bill Walker, with the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, prepares an Aeryon Scout unmanned aerial vehicle at the Nome causeway Jan. 10, 2012. Walker is using the UAV to gather aerial photos and video of daily ice conditions in preparation for the planned Nome fuel transfer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
NOME, Alaska — Bill Walker, with the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, prepares an Aeryon Scout unmanned aerial vehicle at the Nome causeway Jan. 10, 2012.

Walker is using the UAV to gather aerial photos and video of daily ice conditions in preparation for the planned Nome fuel transfer.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
Sitnasuak Native Corporation of Nome signed a contract with Vitus Marine LLC to deliver 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to Nome via Renda around the second week of January. If successful, this will mark the first time that petroleum products have been delivered by sea to a Western Alaskan community through ice covered waters.

"This has been and continues to be a highly orchestrated effort between all stakeholders to ensure mission success" said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, District 17 commander. "As we have done for more than 220 years, the Coast Guard is dedicated to ensuring the safe and secure transfer of maritime commerce. The Healy, our nation's only operating polar ice breaker, and its crew are committed to upholding our long history of service to the residents of Alaska."

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