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Tricky fuel transfer awaits tanker in Nome / Deck Watch Goes to Nome

English: Frozen Bering Sea near Nome/Alaska
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HARBOR: Large blocks of ice must be removed before hose can be set.

Associated Press
Published: January 13th, 2012 10:03 PM
Last Modified: January 13th, 2012 10:56 PM

A Russian tanker has muscled its way through hundreds of miles of Bering Sea ice several feet thick to deliver fuel to Nome. Now comes the tricky part: getting more than a million gallons of diesel and gasoline to shore through a mile-long hose without a spill.

The problem is that Nome's harbor is iced-in, preventing the 370-foot Renda from getting to the city dock. It will have to moor offshore to transfer its 1.3 million-gallon payload across the ice and to...