Coast Guard to Help Get Fuel to Nome
Will help Russian tanker reach iced-in Nome
The US Coast Guard’s only operating icebreaker will help a Russian ship bring fuel to iced-in Nome.
The cutter, Healy, was finishing up its seven month research trip when it got the call to help the Russian tanker Renda break through 300 miles of ice to Nome.
Early sea ice buildup forced the last fuel barge of the season to bypass Nome.
The Healy will help the Russian tanker reach Nome to offload 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel – enough to hopefully get the town through the worst winter months.