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Russian tanker making 250 plus miles a day en route to icebound Alaska city

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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:30 pm | Updated: 1:35 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Russian tanker is headed toward Alaska in a mission to deliver fuel to Nome.

Mark Smith, CEO of Vitus Marine, said Wednesday that the tanker is making more than 250 miles a day, and was reported to be 545 miles south-southwest of Attu in the Aleutian Islands.

The tanker left Russia and was loaded with more than a million gallons of diesel fuel in South Korea. The plan is to have it pick up 400,000 gallons of gasoline in Dutch Harbor and then head to Nome. The Coast Guard cutter Healy is on hand to break ice.

A massive storm this fall prevented Nome from getting its winter fuel delivery by barge.

If everything goes as planned, the tanker could arrive in Nome by the second week in January.

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