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Coast Guard Cutter Healy, Russian tanker vessel Renda arrive in Nome

NOME, Alaska — Approximately 3,500 Nome residents await the arrival of the 370-foot Russian tanker Renda as the Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks shore fast ice Jan. 14, 2012. The Healy and crew have been escorting and breaking ice for the Renda since Jan. 3, 2012.

NOME, Alaska — Approximately 3,500 Nome residents await the arrival of the 370-foot Russian tanker Renda as the Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks shore fast ice Jan. 14, 2012. The Healy and crew have been escorting and breaking ice for the Renda since Jan. 3, 2012.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen

NOME, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice for the Russian tanker Renda as both vessels near the Port of Nome Jan. 14, 2012. The Healy and a contingent of ground personnel are ensuring the safe delivery of 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to Nome residents. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.   NOME, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice near the city of Nome 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.

NOME, Alaska — 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.   NOME, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the services only operational icebreaker, leads the 370-foot Russian tanker Renda closer to Nome Jan. 14, 2012. The Renda is carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to deliver to Nome residents. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.  NOME, Alaska — Approximately 3,500 Nome residents await the arrival of the 370-foot Russian tanker Renda as the Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks shore fast ice Jan. 14, 2012. The Healy and crew have been escorting and breaking ice for the Renda since Jan. 3, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

NOME, Alaska — The tanker vessel Renda and the Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrived just offshore of Nome Saturday at 5:13 p.m. and preparations are commencing to ensure a safe fuel transfer.

Once all equipment for the fuel delivery is in place, the fuel transfer operations from the tanker vessel Renda will commence during daylight hours after a joint Coast Guard and State of Alaska overview. Plans are in place to actively monitor the fuel transfer to ensure the highest standards of environmental safety are met.

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.

"We are dedicated to completing a safe fuel delivery," said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, Coast Guard District 17 commander. "The Captains and crews of the Healy and the Renda have done a tremendous job getting to Nome safely, but the work of the Coast Guard, our partners, and industry personnel is far from over as we shift to shoreside operations. The last thing that we want to happen during this operation is to have an injury or an accident."

Throughout the duration of the transfer operations, persons and vehicles will be restricted from areas 50 yards around fuel delivery hoses and 100 yards from the tanker Renda per an established Coast Guard safety zone. These areas will be marked with wooden survey stakes. In addition, the fuel transfer hose will be lit during hours of darkness.

The Healy and Renda crews departed Dutch Harbor Jan. 3 and arrived to the ice edge Jan. 6. The vessels then traversed dynamic and changing Bering Sea ice conditions for more than 300 nautical miles.

“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 Sitnasauk Native Corporation.

For more information contact Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow at 907-209-9960.

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