Thursday, October 4, 2018


  A massive outflow of heavy sea ice from the High Arctic has cut three communities off from their annual resupply barge shipment leaving household groceries, construction materials and municipal equipment stranded on the docks in Tuktoyaktuk.
  The ice is so impassable that Marine Transportation Services Ltd., owned by the Northwest Territories, will have to airlift more than 700,000 litres of diesel and gas to the community of Paulatuk to run the community’s generator.
  “This is heavy ice,” said John Vandenberg of the N.W.T.’s department of infrastructure. “It’s unprecedented and it’s come down vigorously and early.”

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