The communities of Paulatuk, NWT as well as Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay in Nunavut will have to do without barge re-supply until break-up next year.
The GNWT’s Marine Transportation Services (MTS) has stated in a news release that it is due to impassable ice conditions.
The government states that ice conditions in the Amundsen Gulf have been reported to be the most challenging in more than 30 years.
Plans are being made to deliver essential goods, such as petroleum products, to the communities by aircraft as soon as possible.
For other goods such as food, MTS is consulting with customers and logistics representatives to explore other delivery options.
Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann says that the GNWT recognizes the importance of barge re-supply to communities along the Arctic coast.
“We understand the uncertainty of the past few days has caused concern and frustration for communities and residents in the region,” Schumann stated. “We are committed to ensuring the delivery of essential cargo and are reviewing options for all remaining cargo.”
MTS provides barging services and deck cargo transportation from the Port of Hay River to communities on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River and the Arctic Ocean supply route.