Kodiak Daily Mirror - Icebreaking tanker returns to Dutch Harbor for minor repairs
  
Icebreaking tanker returns to Dutch Harbor for minor repairs
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ANCHORAGE (AP) — There’s a new twist in the saga of a Russian fuel tanker trying to reach ice-bound Nome. The Coast Guard says the Renda was just 15 miles out from Dutch Harbor when it turned back Wednesday to make minor repairs.

Petty Officer Erik Ihle said the tanker was anchored just outside Dutch Harbor Wednesday night and plans called for it to head for Nome once again today. He didn’t know the exact nature of the repairs.

Bering Sea storms prevented a fuel barge from making its final delivery to Nome late last year. Vitus Marine LLC arranged the trip by the Renda on behalf of Bonanza Fuel, a subsidiary of the Sitnasuak Native Corp.

KTUU-TV reports the Renda is loaded with more than a million gallons of diesel fuel and 400,000 gallons of gasoline.

The voyage to Nome is about 700 nautical miles and the last 300 are expected to be through ice about 2 feet thick.

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy is escorting the Renda.
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