This season’s barge delivery to Sachs Harbour has been cancelled.
The GNWT announced the cancellation of the shipment late Friday afternoon. “A culmination of bad weather and a late start to the season – due to climate change, delayed buoy placement, and flooding in both Inuvik and Hay River – has impacted Marine Transportation Services (MTS) operations,” reads a statement from the GNWT’s press secretary. “As a result, a decision has been made that it is no longer safe to attempt crossing the Amundsen Gulf.”
The Hamlet of Sachs Harbour relies on these seasonal shipments for goods like food and fuel.
The Department of Infrastructure said it is exploring alternative arrangements to resupply the territory’s northernmost community, particularly fuel. “[Marine Transportation Services] is also developing plans for deck cargo and will be working with the community to prioritize these shipments,” the statement reads.
In a statement following the announcement, Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobson said he was assured no additional costs would be passed on to residents. “The Department of Infrastructure has advised that there is enough fuel on hand in the community for the immediate future,” reads a statement attributed to Jacobson. “I understand that this may be frustrating news for constituents, but I want people to know that this is a top priority for myself and the Minister.”
CKLB has reached out to the Hamlet of Sachs Harbour, MLA Jacobson and the Department of Infrastructure for comment.
This story will be updated as more details become available.