Russian tanker, U.S. icebreaker free of Bering Sea ice, headed home
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, an icebreaker, and the Russian tanker T/V Renda have broken out of the Bering Sea ice and are in open water sailing for home, Stacey Smith, a spokeswoman for Vitus Marine LLC, said Monday.
Vitus Marine had contracted with Nome-based Sitnasuak Corp. to make arrangements for the Renda to deliver 1.4 million gallons of fuel to Nome, and for the Healy to break a path through ice for the tanker.
The two vessels left Nome Jan. 19 after delivering the fuel and spent the following 9 days breaking through about 300 miles of ice in conditions that were often difficult. At various points the Renda was stopped by the ice.
The Renda is now en route to its base in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East, Smith said.