As the relentless winter continues to batter Alaska, the village of Nome is anxiously awaiting a one-of-a-kind shipment to help it get through the wicked weather.
The town is monitoring closely the progress of a Russian tanker filled with heating fuel and gasoline that is attempting to reach the town through the ice-over ocean, as ICTMN reports via the Associated Press.
The tanker’s slow trek is being aided by a Coast Guard icebreaker crew.
Nome finds itself strapped for gas and heating oil because a tanker that was supposed to deliver a shipment in the fall was blocked from doing so due to severe storms. This time around, failure is not an option. According to an Associated Press report, a barge delivery of fuel would not be possible until the spring. If the tanker manages the delivery, it would mark the first time petroleum products had been delivered to a western Alaska community in winter, the AP said.
Be sure to check out the link ICTMN provides to the Dec. 30 story in the Alaska Dispatch about tanker’s trek.
ICTMN has video on the story as well.