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Coast Guardsmen continue Nome fuel preparations

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Cmdr. Greg Tlapa talks about the Healy’s mission in the Bering Sea Jan. 12, 2012. The Healy has been breaking ice for the Russian tanker Renda as it transits to Nome to deliver 1.3 million gallons of fuel. U.S. Coast Guard video by Seaman Mathew Rupp.

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Cmdr. Greg Tlapa, Coast Guard Cutter Healy's executive officer, talks about the Healy’s mission in the Bering Sea Jan. 12, 2012.

The Healy has been breaking ice for the Russian tanker Renda as it transits to Nome to deliver 1.3 million gallons of fuel to Nome residents.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Seaman Mathew Rupp.

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Forces Valdez personnel train on snow machines near the safety zone at the Nome harbor Jan. 12, 2012. Forces Valdez personnel will enforce a 50 yard zone around the fuel delivery hoses and 100 yards from the tanker Renda. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Forces Valdez personnel train on snow machines near the safety zone at the Nome harbor Jan. 12, 2012.

Forces Valdez personnel will enforce a 50 yard zone around fuel delivery hoses and 100 yards from the tanker Renda.

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

BERING SEA - Cmdr. John Hollingsworth, engineering officer of Air Station Kodiak, describes the Coast Guard Cutter Healy's escort operations with the tanker vessel Renda while standing on the flight deck of the Healy Jan. 12, 2012. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew forward deployed on the Healy conducts ice reconnaissance flights. U.S. Coast Guard video by Seaman Mathew Rupp.

BERING SEA — Coast Guard Cmdr. John Hollingsworth, engineering officer of Air Station Kodiak, describes the Coast Guard Cutter Healy's escort operations with the tanker vessel Renda while standing on the flight deck of the Healy Jan. 12, 2012.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was forward deployed on the Healy conducting ice reconnaissance flights.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Seaman Mathew Rupp.

NOME, Alaska — Cmdr. James Houck, the Forward Operating Base Nome Ice Boss, assists Scott O’Shea, with Vitus Marine, outline a safe path across the ice for fuel transfer hose in the Nome harbor Jan. 12, 2012. The path is being prepared for fuel hoses to deliver 1.3 million gallons of petroleum product to the City of Nome. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Cmdr. James Houck, the Forward Operating Base Nome Ice Boss, assists Scott O’Shea, with Vitus Marine, outline a safe path across the ice for fuel transfer hose in the Nome harbor Jan. 12, 2012.

The path is being prepared for fuel hoses to deliver 1.3 million gallons of petroleum product to the City of Nome.

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

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Forces Valdez personnel train on snow machines in the Nome harbor Jan. 12, 2012. The Forces Valdez personnel are preparing to enforce the safety zone during the fuel transfer from the Russian tanker Renda. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

NOME, Alaska — Coast Guard Forces Valdez personnel train on snow machines in the Nome harbor Jan. 12, 2012.

The Forces Valdez personnel are preparing to enforce the safety zone during the fuel transfer from the Russian tanker Renda.

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy and Russian tanker Renda are experiencing dynamic ice conditions and the transit to Nome is slow but continuous.  The vessels are approximately 100 miles from Nome as of Wednesday evening.

Sitnasuak Native Corporation of Nome signed a contract with Vitus Marine LLC to deliver 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to Nome via Renda around the second week of January. If successful, this will mark the first time that petroleum products have been delivered by sea to a Western Alaskan community through ice covered waters.

"This has been and continues to be a highly orchestrated effort between all stakeholders to ensure mission success" said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, District 17 commander. "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."

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

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