Icebreaker Healy set out from Dutch Harbor Jan. 3, to clear a path for the tanker through more than 300 miles of ice, and Renda finally arrived just offshore of Nome Saturday evening.
Renda is currently moored off Nome’s harbor and ground crews in Alaska are now building a path more than a half-mile long on the Bering Sea ice to lay a hose for the fuel transfer.
“This is a huge milestone having both ships safely moored in Nome. There has been tremendous teamwork taking place on the ground in Nome as well as on the sea between the Healy and the Renda to safely offload this fuel,” said Jason Evans of Sitnasuak Native Corporation.
Crews will have to wait up to 12 hours after the arrival of the ships to ensure that all the broken and disturbed ice has refrozen allowing safe operations to take place around the ships.
Once all equipment for the fuel delivery is in place, the fuel transfer operations from Renda will commence during daylight hours after a joint Coast Guard and State of Alaska overview.
“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,” added Ostebo.