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APNewsBreak: Fuel transfer done in Nome, Alaska

By Mary Pemberton

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 19 2012 11:51 a.m. MST

In a photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, two hose lines run from the Russian tanker Renda as they prepare for pressure tests Monday Jan. 16, 2012 in Nome, Alaska. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy has been escorting and breaking ice for the Renda since Jan. 3, 2012, to help deliver approximately 1.3 million gallons of gasoline and diesel to Nome, Alaska.

US Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler., Associated Press

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Fuel from a Russian tanker has been successfully offloaded in Nome and is now in storage tanks onshore in the Alaska community that faced a shortage.

Stacey Smith, manager of Vitus Marine LLC — the company that arranged for the tanker to deliver an estimated 1.3 million gallons of fuel to the iced-in city — says the operation finished up Thursday morning.

Smith says the two lines that pumped both gasoline and diesel fuel from the ship will have to be cleared of any residual fuel. And, she says, that could mean up to 7,000 more gallons of fuel.

But she says pumping is finished up and "fuel has been delivered to Nome."

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