The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has started airlifting cargo into Sachs Harbour after last month’s cancellation of the community’s scheduled marine resupply.
Buffalo Air has been contracted to fly cargo into Sachs Harbour which began on November 2. Two trips will be made per day from Paulatuk to Sachs Harbour, using Inuvik as its base of operations.
Summit Air has been contracted to fly petroleum products from Inuvik to Sachs Harbour beginning on November 4. Both contracts were awarded through two separate competitive tenders.
Both MTS and the Department of Infrastructure’s Fuel Services Division (FSD) have been working directly with community members and contractors in the communities of Sachs Harbour and Paulatuk on logistics for the air resupply, including storage, loading and offloading and delivery of cargo to customers and fuel to the fuel storage facilities. Three staff from the MTS terminal in Hay River are returning to Paulatuk to oversee the remaining shipments. Staff from FSD will be in Inuvik and Sachs Harbour to support the loading and offloading of the fuel.
There are no immediate concerns for inventories of any petroleum products for Sachs Harbour. The FSD is closely monitoring inventories of all petroleum products in the community and has sufficient supply to meet the community’s needs for the next few months.
“While NWT mariners faced a number of unexpected challenges this year that resulted in an unfortunate end to the marine resupply season, I would like to assure residents that we are committed to providing reliable, professional shipping services to some of our most remote communities. I want to thank the community of Sachs Harbour for its continued patience while we implement plans to ship essential goods into the community.”
- Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure
- The cargo portion of the community resupply could be completed as early as November 15, pending weather and other variables. The fuel portion of the community resupply will continue into December.
- Buffalo Air’s Electra aircraft can carry between 15,000 to 18,000 pounds of cargo per flight.
- The first four Buffalo Air flights will transport cargo from warm storage, which is mostly grocery items.
- Some cargo that is either too large for the aircraft or not needed urgently will be stored in Paulatuk until it can be transported by tug and barge next summer.
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