Barge delivery cancelled to Sachs Harbour, GNWT arranging alternate fuel and freight delivery

Press Release

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) advises that the barge delivery to Sachs Harbour has been cancelled for the 2022 sailing season.

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. As a result, a decision has been made that it is no longer safe to attempt crossing the Amundsen Gulf.

The GNWT would like to assure residents of Sachs Harbour that MTS and the Fuel Services Division are working to get the necessary fuel into Sachs Harbour. MTS is also developing plans for deck cargo and will be working with the community to prioritize these shipments.

Infrastructure Minister Diane Archie has been in contact with the MLA for Nunakput and the Mayor of Sachs Harbour and will continue to engage with elected leadership to make sure the community and residents have what they need.

The GNWT would like to acknowledge the hard work put in this season by MTS staff and the crewmembers through challenging conditions.


“Marine transportation services as an essential lifeline for residents and businesses of the Northwest Territories. The Government of the Northwest Territories recognizes the importance of reliable and cost-effective resupply of essential goods and fuel. We would like to assure residents of Sachs Harbour that contingency plans are in place and the GNWT is committed to ensuring all necessary fuel and freight arrive in a timely manner.”

-Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • For the 2022 shipping season, MTS scheduled marine resupply for 10 NWT communities and one Nunavut community.
  • MTS will be wintering assets (one tug and barges) in Paulatuk due to weather and ice conditions.
  • MTS dispatches a government-owned tug and barge fleet from the Port of Hay River seasonally to government, business, industry and residents along the Mackenzie River corridor and Western Arctic.

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For media requests, please contact:

Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Infrastructure

Government of the Northwest Territories

867-767-9082 ext. 31037

For Customer Service inquiries, contact:

Marine Transportation Services Customer Service

Phone Toll Free: 1-844-574-2023



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