September 1, 2020 – The Government of the Northwest Territories is pleased to announce the addition of four new double-hulled barges to the Marine Transportation Services (MTS) fleet.
Built at a shipyard in Nanjing, China, the new barges were transported across the Pacific Ocean on the heavy lift ship Hua Yang Long before being delivered to Tuktoyaktuk on August 31, 2020.
The barges will improve operational efficiency, reduce logistical challenges, and reduce operating costs to the benefit of NWT communities that are reliant on seasonal marine resupply programs. The double-walled barges will also offer protection for Northwest Territories (NWT) waterways and our oceans.
The barges were delivered 381 kilometres outside of Tuktoyaktuk, in a location known as Wise Bay, with no physical interactions or contact with NWT residents as per OCPHO requirements for the NWT. Coordination of their offloading was completed via radio communications only.
An open and competitive process was used for the procurement of the barges, with the solicitation period running from December 19, 2018 to February 11, 2019. Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co. Ltd. (now called China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co., Ltd.) was identified as the highest ranked proponent and ultimately awarded the contract.