Ice delays cargo in Canada’s eastern Arctic capital

A sealift ship is anchored amid ice in Frobisher Bay off Iqaluit earlier this week. The ice is delaying unloading of cargo from the ships. (CBC)Ice off the shores of Iqaluit, the capital city of Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, is delaying the delivery of cargo off sealift ships, and the ships’ departures.

This year an unusual amount of ice was blown into the bay. Southerly winds pushed massive chunks of ice towards the land.

Tugboats that normally shuttle back and forth between the sealifts unloading cargo are stalled.

Right now the ships are about two to three days behind schedule, and the southerly winds keep blowing steadily.

Craig Maloy of Frobuild Limited, which sells construction material and building supplies, was lucky. His shipment came in before the ice did.

“We have it all in stock in the yards,” he said. “If anyone is looking for supplies, tell ’em to come on in. We sell.”

Not everyone’s luck has been as good. Mona Godin, operations manager at DJ Specialties, said she’s still waiting.

“All of our containers from this year’s sealift are sitting on the boat in the bay,” she said.

But Godin’s biggest concern isn’t re-stocking the shelves.

“The worry is about getting the stuff off before the next boat is to arrive,” she said.

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