ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A fuel tanker that departed Russia in mid-December has arrived at Alaska's western coastline and is waiting for daylight near the iced-in city of Nome.
The tanker is hauling 1.3 million gallons of fuel for the town, which didn't get its pre-winter fuel delivery in the fall because of a storm.
The tanker was shepherded through hundreds of miles of sea ice by a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker. Coast Guard official Adam De Rocher says the vessel was six miles offshore Friday morning.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has been working with the fuel supplier on a plan to transfer the fuel through a more than mile long tanker hose.
But that won't begin until after the sun rises. Daylight doesn't come to that part of Alaska until 11:30 a.m.