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DEC: T/V Renda Report #7


Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Industry Preparedness Program

T/V Renda Nome Fuel Delivery

TIME/DATE OF SITUATION REPORT: 5:00 PM on January 17, 2012

BACKGROUND: The T/V Renda is delivering gasoline and diesel fuel to Nome, Alaska. Due to ice conditions, this is being done under heightened alert conditions.

A scheduled fall delivery of fuel by Delta Western, Inc. to Bonanza Fuel, Inc. in the community of Nome was missed. The delivery was planned to be by a fuel barge operating in open water. Conditions made delivery more difficult going into late fall. A severe storm on November 8-11, 2011 followed soon by sea and shore ice conditions prevented further use of fuel barges in the area until next open water season. Rather than waiting until the next season, Bonanza Fuel initiated efforts for a winter delivery of fuel by contracting with Vitus Marine LLC (“Vitus Marine”) to secure a spot charter for delivery of diesel and gasoline in the late December or early January timeframe. Vitus Marine contracted for the tank vessel (T/V) Renda, a Russian ice-strengthened tanker, to make a delivery through ice of approximately one million gallons of diesel fuel and 400,000 gallons of gasoline. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) was asked to make the cutter Healy available to break ice for the T/V Renda.

• T/V Renda is a 370-foot, Russian-registered vessel with an ice classification of UL 1 (equivalent to the Baltic Ice Class 1A).
• U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Healy is a 420-foot ice breaker class boat with the capability of passing through 4.5 feet of ice at 4 knots and the ability to break through 8 feet of ice by backing and ramming.

SITUATION UPDATE: The fuel transfer operation continues today. The gasoline line was shutdown at 2:00 AM when a quarter-size blister was found on the hose. The damaged segment of the hose was replaced and the line is being air tested. The line will be back in operation within the next hour at an approximate rate of 20,000 gallons per hour. There was no interruption to the diesel fuel transfer in the second hose. Vitus Marine estimates that the fuel transfer will be completed by Thursday.

NOAA and the USCG continue to plan the outbound route for when the fuel transfer is complete. The plan includes use of an MH-65 helicopter for ice reconnaissance.

ADEC and USCG representatives are in Nome overseeing the fuel transfer.

WEATHER: Clear. Lows -15 to -25 °F. North winds to 10 mph.

TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT: 5:00 PM on January 18, 2012

John Kotula, ADEC (907) 835-3037

Photographs and other spill information are available for viewing at: http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/renda/

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