Anchorage, Alaska-NorthStar Gas (NSG) announced today an alliance that will improve fuel and freight deliveries to remote Western Alaska communities. NSG is in the process of having its own shallow-draft fuel and deck cargo barge built in Portland, Ore. that will be operated by Delta Western.
The "Cauneq," a 162-foot long barge, will hit the water this April to make deliveries beginning in May. The "Cauneq," a Yupik word meaning 'A place or thing to turn to,' will be capable of carrying up to 200,000 gallons of fuel along with deck freight. In conjunction with the new barge, NorthStar Gas and Delta Western will work together in an effort to help stabilize fuel transportation costs in Western Alaska. The timing is important as the Obama Administration has proposed cutting heating fuel subsidies, and rural Alaskans are looking for ways to help offset those costs.
NSG is a Native member-owned fuel distributor made up of 16 Alaska Village Corporations and two Regional Corporations. NSG serves more than one hundred fifty businesses in nearly SO villages in the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Coastal region and has delivered more than 43 million gallons of fuel. Delta Western, a leading Alaska fuel distributor, has been serving Alaska communities throughout the state for almost 30 years.