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Nome fuel transfer preparation continues... Renda 70 miles out (video/photos)

@akicemission 1 hour ago ..
70 miles away from Nome https://twitter.com/#!/akicemission/status/157505678464925696

USCG - NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel identify the planned Nome fuel transfer safety zone in the Nome Harbor Jan. 11, 2012.

The safety zone, near the port of Nome, will restrict access to sensitive areas 50 yards around fuel delivery hoses and 100 yards from the tanker Renda. The safety zone will be established to ensure Nome residents are safe while the Russian tanker Renda offloads fuel to storage facilities in Nome. Personnel involved with the Nome fuel transfer safety zone preparation endured subzero temperatures with winds in excess of 10 mph. The planned safety zone will be in place throughout the Russian tanker Renda’s fuel transfer evolution.

The Renda is carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products for delivery to Nome.

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy and Russian tanker Renda are experiencing dynamic ice conditions and the transit to Nome is slow but continuous.  The vessels are approximately 100 miles from Nome as of Wednesday evening.

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."