Posted on September 28, 2015
By Emily Russell, KNOM - Nome, Alaska Public Media
Not long after Chinese warships teetered on the edge American waters during President Obama’s trip to Alaska last month and amid high tensions between the U.S. and Russia, a recent visit by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro put the nation’s need for Nome’s port expansion into stark relief.
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Samuel Jordan says Arctic ports that can accommodate ships like the cutter Munro are few and far between. While patrolling the Bering Sea, he said the Coast Guard would benefit from deeper dredging at Nome’s port.
“We’d take advantage of any port that we can bring the ship into,” Captain Jordan explained, “especially logistics wise. Having another logistics hub for us is beneficial.”
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