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T/V Renda Nome Winter Fuel Delivery

January 2012 Summary Web Map. This is an operational map for use during the Nome Fuel Delivery Mission.

NOTE: The high-resolution orthomosaic layer from the Aeryon Scout UAV is linked to a large file and there has been a significant delay for it to load. ArcGIS Explorer Online seems to work a little faster. You have to wait for the image and it takes several minutes to display.

01/14/2012 - 01/16/2012
Residents of Nome lining up to watch the arrival of the Healy and Renda. Photo Date: 1/14/2012 ADEC staff monitoring the positioning approach of the Healy. Photo Date: 1/14/2012 ADEC staff working with UAF on the launch of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo Date: 1/14/2012 Final approach of the Healy and Renda. Photo Date: 1/14/2012
Residents of Nome lining up to watch the arrival of the Healy and Renda. Photo Date: 1/14/2012 ADEC staff monitoring the positioning approach of the Healy. Photo Date: 1/14/2012 ADEC staff working with UAF on the launch of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo Date: 1/14/2012 Final approach of the Healy and Renda. Photo Date: 1/14/2012

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Event Updates

01/24/2012 - The T/V Renda and CGC Healy departed Nome on Saturday, January 21. Currently, both vessels are halfway through approximately 360 to 400 miles of sea ice.

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Current Position
(0600 25 January 2012)

61° 30.6'N 167° 10.2'W
214 NM from Nome

renda position 25 Jan 2012

Situation Reports
01/24/2012 - FINAL
01/20/2012
01/19/2012
01/18/2012
01/17/2012
01/16/2012
01/15/2012
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01/13/2012
01/06/2012
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Background

The T/V Renda will deliver gasoline and diesel fuel to Nome, Alaska.  Due to ice conditions, this will be 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.   To allow the transport of commerce between two U.S. ports by a foreign-flagged vessel, a waiver to the Jones Act was required. Secretary Napolitano granted the Jones Act waiver December 30, 2011.  The Renda successfully passed the USCG Port State Control examination while moored in Dutch Harbor on January 2nd.  To allow for the delivery while the CGC Healy was available to assist the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) modified the Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan (ODPCP) review process on January 3rd, reducing the public comment period from 30 days to 7 days.  After review of the plan application and public comments, approval from ADEC of the ODPCP was issued January 5th. 

Vessel Information

  • 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.
Documents
Department of Environmental Conservation Documents
Request for Expedited Review of Vitus Marine LLC's Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan Amendment: Decision of the Commissioner. January 3, 2012.
Vitus Marine, LLC Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, Plan Number 11-CP-5188 M/V Renda Amendment Approval. January 5, 2012.
   
Related Websites
Healy web cam
USCG District 17 Media Port
City of Nome
Sitnasualk Native Corporation
Notice of Application for an Oil Discharge Prevention & Contingency Plan, Vitus Marine, Nome, Region 8 in the Northwest Arctic
Photos and Maps
 
For more information
  • Ty Keltner, PIO, ADEC (907) 465-5009
  • Vince Kelly, ADEC (907) 835-4698