The Coast Guard says it's taking longer than expected for an icebreaker and Russian tanker to crunch through Bering Sea ice to deliver fuel to Nome.

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The Coast Guard says it’s taking longer than expected for an icebreaker and Russian tanker to crunch through Bering Sea ice to deliver fuel to Nome.

Officials had expected the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy and the tanker Renda to arrive Monday, but now they’re not setting an arrival date.

Lt. Bernard Auth at the District 17 command center in Juneau said early Monday the ships are about 165 miles from Nome, averaging about 2 mph through ice up to 2.5 feet thick.

He says getting to Nome safely is the top priority.

Nome needs fuel because a storm blocked its last pre-winter barge fuel delivery.