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Inuit shipping company announces record 2007 sealift season Politics Watch ® News Services
October 24, 2007, updated 5:30 p.m.
http://www.politicswatch.com/neas-october24-2007.htm

The MV AVATAQ was purchased by Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping and its shareholders in July 2007. This specialized vessel has significantly improved the reliability of sealift services available for communities across Nunavut and Nunavik. 

OTTAWA  (PoliticsWatch.com) —  A Nunavut company has announced a record sealift season for 2007. 

Over the 2007 arctic sealift season,  Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping (NEAS)  offered 10 sailings providing vital re-supply services for communities across Canada’s Eastern Arctic making
 a record 64 stops. In some instances, NEAS vessels called on communities six times this season.

“At NEAS, we are proud to confirm that we exceeded our customer service targets over this sealift season,” said Michael Gordon, NEAS president. “Our customers saw NEAS vessels providing more scheduled stops in their communities more often then ever before.” 

NEAS’ success was bolstered by its acquisition of the MV AVATAQ. 

“NEAS customers definitely benefited from our newest vessel, the MV AVATAQ” said Suzanne Paquin, NEAS vice president. “The MV AVATAQ enhances our already reliable sealift services keeping local construction projects on schedule and maintaining food in stock at local grocery stores.” 

The MV AVATAQ, an ice class 1, multi-purpose, tweendecker, is the second major financial investment in vessel-ownership by Inuit Birthright Corporations in Canadian history. The first, the MV UMIAVUT, was purchased and imported by NEAS and its Inuit shareholders in 2000.

“The MV AVATAQ reflects our ongoing commitment to our communities and our peoples across the North,” said Ludy Pudluk, NEAS director. “At NEAS there is a difference. Our direct ownership in vessels and being the major shareholder provides us with the opportunities to offer real training and employment for local Inuit. Our Inuit training and employment programs are second to none.”

NEAS is an innovative partnership between Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Sakku Investments Corporation, Makivik Corporation and Transport Nanuk Inc.

Each year, NEAS vessels deliver a variety of goods ranging from construction materials, vehicles, heavy equipment, house wares and non-perishable items to local communities across the Eastern Arctic. NEAS is committed to providing the highest quality and most cost effective sealift services available for Nunavut and Nunavik. 

The MV AVATAQ was purchased by Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping and its shareholders in July 2007. This specialized vessel has significantly improved the reliability of sealift services available for communities across Nunavut and Nunavik. 

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