The Paul Buck

The tanker, Paul Buck, arrived last week.  The Paul Buck is a Navy vessel that is contracted out.  So, the 26 sailors on the ship are not U.S. Navy personnel.  They left Washington state in November with a full load of fuel, unloaded it somewhere along the way, then filled up again in Australia, before heading to McMurdo.

The tanker brought 3 different types of fuel to McMurdo – JP8 for the airplanes, diesel, and gasoline.

A tanker only shows up once a year so they have to bring an enough fuel to last an entire year.  In the pictures below, notice the difference of how high the tanker sits in the water – when empty versus when full.  Before leaving McMurdo, the tanker will be filled with water to lower and stabilize the vessel.

Paul Buck before unloading the fuel.  Below – after the offload.

Tanker and icebreaker, side by side.


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