MTS expands sailing route to locations in East Arm

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Yellowknife — July 20, 2021

Marine Transportation Services (MTS) will extend service throughout the East Arm of Great Slave Lake during the 2021 shipping season.

For the summer 2021 season, MTS will extend the Hay River to Łutselk’e route to include visits to Fort Reliance and Hoarfrost in McLeod Bay, providing a cargo solution for residents, local tourism operators and other businesses that operate in the East Arm.

These new stops have been added in response to the recent closure of East Arm Freighting.

Points of service may be added depending on cargo bookings.

Commercial and private customers can book their cargo for drop-off at the Hay River marine terminal by Thursday, July 22 by contacting


“MTS is proud to serve the people of the NWT and to quickly adapt operations to fill evolving needs, such as the recent gap in freight service to the East Arm. Businesses and residents in the East Arm rely on marine transportation for the cost-effective resupply of essential goods and fuel and we are pleased to extend our services to assist residents and industry.

-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, the Mackenzie River corridor, and the Western Arctic coast.
  • Barge deliveries are typically less costly than moving cargo by air, and more economically feasible for many customers.
  • MTS is committed to operate an environmentally responsible and sustainable business, and complies with all territorial, federal, and international safety and environmental regulations. 

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