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GNWT completes marine resupply for northern communities

Press Release

September 30, 2020

With deliveries to 12 communities, Marine Transportation Services (MTS) has successfully completed the 2020 marine resupply season.

The first shipments of the season departed Hay River on July 10, 2020 and the last delivery took place on September 19, 2020.

A total of 27.9 million litres of fuel and 2,720 tons of cargo were successfully delivered to the following locations:

  • Aklavik
  • Norman Wells
  • Łutsel K’e
  • Tulita
  • K’asho Got’ine
  • Inuvik
  • Tuktoyaktuk
  • Ulukhaktok
  • Sachs Harbour
  • Paulatuk

MTS overcame the challenges to navigation posed by record high water levels on Great Slave Lake and the Mackenzie River, and the imposition of strict mitigation measures for COVID-19.

A total of 171 people were employed during the peak of the 2020 sailing season, including 9 graduates of the Marine Training Centre in Hay River.  These employment and training opportunities positively impact families and communities and support the long-term sustainability of the marine industry in the north.

This sailing season also included the arrival of four new double-hulled barges, which have already entered service.


“Four years after the launch of Marine Transportation Services, we continue to improve our capacity to operate a reliable and professional marine shipping service. Our highways are on water and are at the mercy of Mother Nature every day. Regardless of the challenges posed by our Arctic environment, we are committed to providing the best service possible to all our customers. Thank you to the dedicated crews who worked tirelessly to complete these essential cargo deliveries.”

– Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • MTS provides essential marine transportation services, seasonally dispatching from the Port of Hay River to government, business, industry, and residents on Great Slave Lake, along the Mackenzie River corridor, and in the Western Arctic.
  • Barge deliveries are traditionally less costly than moving cargo by air, making it more economically feasible for many communities.
  • MTS is committed to operating an environmentally responsible and sustainable business, and is compliant with territorial, federal, and international safety and environmental regulations.

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Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Infrastructure

Government of the Northwest Territories

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