The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has started airlifting cargo into Sachs Harbour after last month’s cancellation of the community’s scheduled marine resupply last month
Buffalo Air has been contracted to fly cargo into Sachs Harbour which began on November 2. Two trips will be made per day from Paulatuk to Sachs Harbour, using Inuvik as its base of operations.
Summit Air has been contracted to fly petroleum products from Inuvik to Sachs Harbour beginning on November 4. Both contracts were awarded through two separate competitive tenders.
Both MTS and the Department of Infrastructure’s Fuel Services Division (FSD) have been working directly with community members and contractors in the communities of Sachs Harbour and Paulatuk on logistics for the air resupply, including storage, loading and offloading and delivery of cargo to customers and fuel to the fuel storage facilities. Three staff from the MTS terminal in Hay River are returning to Paulatuk to oversee the remaining shipments. Staff from FSD will be in Inuvik and Sachs Harbour to support the loading and offloading of the fuel.
There are no immediate concerns for inventories of any petroleum products for Sachs Harbour. The FSD is closely monitoring inventories of all petroleum products in the community and has sufficient supply to meet the community’s needs for the next few months.
The cargo portion of the community resupply could be completed as early as November 15, pending weather and other variables. The fuel portion of the community resupply will continue into December.