Ice-breaking Russian ship gets OK to deliver fuel to Nome

December 31, 2011 06:40

ANCHORAGE - An ice-breaking Russian tanker won an exemption from US maritime law on Friday allowing it to deliver fuel to the isolated Alaska city of Nome, the state's two US senators announced.

The US Department of Homeland Security granted a Jones Act waiver to the Russian ship, the Renda, which is scheduled to deliver diesel fuel and gasoline to the Alaskan city of 3,600 people, the senators said.

Senator Mark Begich said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted the exception to help alleviate what could be a serious winter fuel shortage.

"This is great news for Nome residents who either faced a long, cold winter or soaring energy costs," Begich said in a statement.

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