New Marine Transportation Services schedule to reflects low water levels

A resupply barge near Fort Good Hope. (CKLB file photo)

Beginning this week, all cargo destined for Norman Wells will now be directed to Tuktoyuktuk.

This change comes from extremely low water levels around the Rampart Rapids south of Fort Good Hope.

This is according to Marine Transportation Services (MTS) and reflected in its newest schedule.

Essentially, the communities of Fort Good Hope, Aklavik, Kugluktuk, Sachs Harbour, Paulatuk and Ulukhaktok will have to change course on their supply pick-up. What once was dropped off at the Hay River terminal will now be brought to Tuktoyuktuk until further notice.

Customers looking to ship to Tuktoyuktuk or Inuvik are asked to make their own arrangements this year because MTS will not accept new deliveries at the Hay River Terminal.

“With record low water levels in the NWT, MTS is monitoring the situation and its potential impacts for Tulita, Norman Wells and Łutselk’e and will provide updates as they become available,” reads a press release.

The terminal in Tuktoyuktuk is set to open three weeks earlier than usual on June 2nd, with cargo being accepted until August 1.