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Monday, January 16, 2012

US CGC Healy Breaks Through - Oil Is Flowing To Nome!

US CGC Healy Breaks Through - Oil Is Flowing To Nome!

By Dell Hill

There’s good news to report tonight from Nome, Alaska!

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice near the city of Nome Alaska Jan. 14, 2012. The Healy is breaking ice near Nome to assist the Russian tanker Renda move into final position for offloading nearly 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to the city. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.

Reporter Ben Matheson, on scene in Nome, reports that TV Renda began pumping fuel to Nome just before sunset today. With five hours of daylight available to workers, yesterday and today were spent preparing for this moment.

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy guides the Russian tanker Renda closer to the fuel transfer mooring point Jan. 14, 2012. Fuel transfer preparations are in full swing as the vessels maneuver into fuel transfer position. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

The Renda is about 700 yards from the Nome causeway and the fuel header on the causeway.  A path through the ice had to be made, the segments of the hoses involved laid out and then joined, and the hoses had to be pressure tested.

Stacey Smith, speaking for the fuel contractor Vitas Marine by telephone, provided some important details.

The Russian tanker, TV Renda, is carrying about 1.4 million gallons of ultra low sulfur arctic grade diesel and gasoline. The majority of the cargo, around 1 million gallons, is the diesel.  It can be used for vehicles, generators and even for heating.  It is designed to reduce emissions and to remain fluid under most arctic conditions.

Ordinary diesel will turn to gel at the temperatures seen in Nome in the last week.”

Read the entire report by clicking right here.

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