In response to consistently low customer demand, Marine Transportation Services (MTS) will be discontinuing service to the community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, effective the 2021 sailing season.
Cargo can still be shipped to Quebec for furtherance to Cambridge Bay via Quebec-based marine carriers.
MTS delivers petroleum fuels and deck cargo on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River, and the Western Arctic coast. The GNWT continually reviews community needs and operational goals to ensure reliable and affordable cargo deliveries while also managing public funds responsibly. The route to Cambridge Bay has seen low cargo shipment volumes since 2017, with costs significantly exceeding revenue return.
MTS will continue to provide regular scheduled cargo deliveries to all other NWT coastal communities, and to Kugluktuk. Charter services will also continue to be offered to destinations outside of the NWT – including Cambridge Bay – for commercial customers.
For media request, contact:
Department of Infrastructure
Government of the Northwest Territories