Tricky Transfer Awaits Tanker Inching To Alaska

By Salon Staff

Published January 13, 2012 9:45PM (EST)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Russian fuel tanker is on the move again.

University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Greg Walker says the tanker and a Coast Guard icebreaker began moving again late Friday morning. He is in Nome providing information about ice conditions near the harbor.

The Renda and the icebreaker arrived Thursday night after traveling hundreds of miles through the frozen Bering Sea. The vessels stopped about six miles offshore to wait for daylight.

The tanker needs to get to within a mile of the city dock in order to offload the fuel through a long hose.

Walker says crews have been demolishing large ice boulders in a rubble field and leveling pressure ridges on the ice for the hose, which will transfer the 1.3 million gallons of fuel.

Salon Staff

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