Kamutik W leaves Goose Bay with remaining north coast food shipment
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – The Kamutik W departed Goose Bay this afternoon with the remaining food shipments for north coast communities. The vessel is carrying a full load of 55 containers and 1200 pallets. The vessel will stop at all ports north to Nain, starting with Rigolet on Friday evening.
The remaining freight at the terminal in Goose Bay is general cargo, consisting of items such as building supplies and snowmobiles. Captain Austin Daley reports that weather conditions are expected to be favourable for the next several days. It is anticipated that the Kamutik W will arrive back in Goose Bay mid-next week and prepare for the next trip north.
“Our entire LMI crew and our shore support team have worked hard to meet our commitment to have all food supplies delivered to the north coast before the end of the season,” said LMI President and CEO Peter Woodward. “We understand the importance of the marine service to the north coast.”
LMI has also addressed concerns about replacement of some food items that were damaged after being dropped at Makkovik in advance of a recent hurricane-force storm.
“We have been in contact with most, if not all customers who were impacted,” says Woodward. “Labrador Marine will honour all claims related to the incident and will ensure that replacement goods are shipped prior to the end of this season.”
1. Kamutik W, fully loaded, prior to leaving Goose Bay on Friday, November 22, 2019
2. Interior of Kamutik W, showing some of the 55 containers containing food shipments for the north coast
3. Empty yard at Goose Bay freight terminal
4. Captain Austin Daley of the Kamutik W supervising the loading of cargo on November 22, 2019
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Peter Woodward, LMI President and CEO
All grocery to be delivered on next trip north
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine stated today that despite service interruptions due to the recent severe weather conditions on Labrador’s north coast, all grocery orders for the north coast will be transported on the next trip of the Kamutik W. The next trip north is scheduled for Thursday or Friday of this week. The winter supply of food will be in north coast communities before the end of November. In addition, all remaining freight will be delivered within the next two to three weeks.
“This means that despite the severe weather conditions we’ve faced this fall, our schedule is ahead of both 2017 and 2018,” said LMI President and CEO Peter Woodward. “In 2017, the Astron delivered the last freight on December 18. Last year, the Astron made its last trip on December 14. We made a commitment in October regarding freight delivery that we intend to keep. All freight will be delivered by the end of the season. And we expect the shipping season to be concluded earlier than in recent years.”
Freight shipments are up this season over last, despite some of the most challenging wind conditions in recent years. The north coast service incurred major delays because of two recent hurricane-force storms. Seas this past weekend peaked at 30 to 36 feet.
There is likely to be some damage to goods that were held up at Makkovik during a recent trip. LMI will resolve claims to the customer’s satisfaction as quickly as possible. Customers should follow this process:
Peter Woodward, President and CEO