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Labrador Marine says all north coast shipments will be delivered

The Kamutik W, which services the Labrador coast. - Courtesy of Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Labrador Marine says the Kamutik W will deliver all freight destined for the north coast of Labrador. FILE/THE LABRADOR VOICE
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. —

Labrador Marine Inc. (LMI) says it is confident all freight destined for north Labrador communities will be delivered by the end of the shipping season.

The company said in a Nov. 4 press release with the guaranteed freight acceptance cutoff approaching on Nov. 8, freight arrivals at the terminal in Happy Valley-Goose Bay have ‘slowed significantly.’

According to LMI ‘only a few container loads’ remain to be dropped off at the terminal. After the current departure for north coast ports, there will be approximately three full vessel loads of freight at the terminal.

“We assured leaders in Nunatsiavut and Natuashish that we will deliver all freight by the end of this season,” said LMI President and CEO Peter Woodward in the release. “Our people and our subcontractors have worked hard to overcome some problems and we are committed to making sure there is no freight left in Goose Bay by the time the shipping season ends. We still have six trips remaining this season.”

Woodward said the Kamutik W can operate into mid-December in north coast harbours, at least two weeks longer than the two previous vessels that operated this service, the MV Astron and the MV Northern Ranger.

The release said so far in 2019, LMI has handled about 10,712 tons of north coast freight compared to 8,000 tons at this time last year —  a 34 per cent increase, and also carried in excess of 300 passenger vehicles.

“This is the first time ever that north coast residents have been able to drive their vehicle on to a vessel in their community and drive off in Goose Bay and continue on their journey,” said Woodward. “The service on the Kamutik W has allowed north coast residents to have mobility similar to that enjoyed by people in other parts of the province.”

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