A Seattle-based polar icebreaker continued to carve a path through the icy North Pacific on Saturday, helping to escort a Russian-flagged tanker carrying more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel.

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A Seattle-based polar icebreaker continued to carve a path through the icy North Pacific on Saturday, helping to escort a Russian-flagged tanker carrying more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel.

The 370-foot tanker Renda left Russia in mid-December attempting to transport diesel and unleaded gasoline to the iced-in city of Nome, Alaska. More than 800 customers there — including a hospital and schools — are counting on the delivery for energy and warmth through the winter.

The tanker delivery was made necessary after a storm forced a halt to a preseason barge delivery. This is the first time petroleum products have been delivered to the snowy city in winter.

The Coast Guard cutter Healy has been assisting the ship as it makes its way through ice that at times has been at least a foot thick.

“In the worst-case scenario, it might stop and back up and ram their way through the pressure ridges, where it gets really thick,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class David Mosley.

The tanker is supposed to arrive on Monday.