The international effort to refuel Nome after a storm last November prevented the normal delivery barge of heating oil and gasoline from getting into the Port of Nome is now complete.
The Russian tanker Renda after delivering 1.3 million gallons of fuel to the city of Nome, has spent the past week lock in combat with 400 miles of sea ice. The Coast Guard Cutter Healy an Ice Breaker had aided the Renda by breaking ice so the Renda could get within a half mile of the Port of Nome to facilitate the off loading of the fuel.
Officials at Vitus Marine LLC said the Renda and the Healy had broken free of the pack ice and into the open water of the Bering Sea on Sunday afternoon after spending more than a week battling the pack ice.
The Renda has turned for its home base in Vladivostok, Russia. The Coast Guard Cutter Healy will head to Dutch Harbor to drop off supplies and once the supplies are delivered the Healy will return to its home Port of Seattle.