Despite the earlier challenges with ice conditions from Makkovik to north of Nain, Nunatsiavut Marine has successfully begun the shipping season with service to both the north and south Labrador coasts. The Northern Ranger has already made a complete trip to the south and north coasts, and is departing Cartwright today enroute to Makkovik and ports north. The Astron is on its way to Goose Bay after stopping at all ports on the north coast.
The freight volume at Nunatsiavut Marine’s warehouses have been average so far this time of year.
Northern Ranger master Captain Scott Chant reports that the presence of growlers and bergy bits has affected the schedule. During last week’s voyage, the ship was only transiting during daylight hours. He also stated that they were navigating as close to shore as was safely possible, in order to stay inside the ice edge. Captain Chant provided some photos of the ice conditions they encountered on the last trip. Ice conditions have improved dramatically and should no longer pose any delays in the schedule.
The Ranger is on a load and go basis this trip to try and get back to the regular schedule as quickly as possible for all of our community residents and tourists.