I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 3:39 AM GMT on January 05, 2012
So RENDA was in town early Tuesday, carrying a decent load of fuel bound for Nome. It stopped in Dutch to FILL ‘ER UP. First it sat in the bay and had an inspection to check whether it was suitable to operate in US waters. It passed. I drove by as it was being pushed into the fuel dock, so I got some quick film to document that.
They were hoping to top off the tanks and depart the same day. But when I arrived at work today, Renda and Healy were still here. Sometime during the middle of the day they were able to leave.
It is a 5 day cruise. 2 days of clear water, 3 days busting ice. Healy will lead the way through the 2 foot thick ice until they reach the greater Nome metro area. There the ice gets thicker, and the water shallower. Everybody expects no problem in transferring the fuel from well offshore.
Renda is no stranger to this area. The vessel is described as a reliable workhorse that gets the job done. It was obvious it had been experiencing some ice prior to its arrival, as the hull was pretty scraped up.
The vessels left today in a nice gale/blizzard/weather mess. Strong winds were blowing the deep snow all around. Hard to tell, but it was probably snowing again also. The wind scours the current drifts into new shapes. And there were periods of real whiteouts. Bad day to drive. I have not seen pavement since I came back to Dutch. The roads are white, and everything else next to the road is white. Throw in some blowing snow and it gets interesting. It is easy to meander off the road, like driving up Haystack. The wind blew a finger from a 7 foot drift across the already narrow road. That finger was just a couple feet high, but it was a real jolt when I blasted right through it. Never saw it.
We provide housing for a couple of our employees. My latest project is trying to exterminate bedbugs which have overridden the place.
There will be a quiz tomorrow.
Have a good evening.
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