GN issues ‘urgent warning’ as sea cans fall into water near Iqaluit port

Boaters asked to use ‘extreme caution’ in area

Sea cans float in the bay near Iqaluit’s deepsea port on Friday afternoon. The Government of Nunavut issued an “urgent warning” following the incident and called on boaters to use “extreme caution” in the area between the port and Apex. (Photo by Jason Harasimo, special to Nunatsiaq News)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut issued an “urgent warning” Friday evening in Iqaluit after 20 sea cans and other freight fell into the water near the city’s deepsea port.

Boaters were urged to use “extreme caution” navigating the area.

The GN issued the warning at 6:40 p.m.

Canadian Coast Guard and the NEAS shipping company were “making efforts to locate the freight,” a GN Facebook message said.

“The sea cans and freight are floating in the water and any boaters in the area need to be aware of the hazard,” the message said.

The containers appeared to be floating toward Apex.

City of Iqaluit spokesperson Kent Driscoll did not comment on whether fire trucks or ambulances from the city’s emergency services department had responded to the incident.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by Old timer on

    20 seacan that alot of stuff that they wait for a year to get now they will wait longer to get the money and to try buy them again will be like another 2 years sad so the new deep sea port not worth it .

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  2. Posted by Wtf on

    What’s the point of the 80 million dollar port like come on waste of $$

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  3. Posted by Jump on

    I heard the 20 sea cans were southbound, not in-coming to Iqaluit.

  4. Posted by Customer on

    When the boat left the dock, the other boat could have docked at the dock.
    There was no boat at the dock when this happened.
    Hopefully everything can be recovered out or the bay.

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  5. Posted by Nisss on

    Why wasn’t NEAS using the port? In the last article about the port, it said it was never intended for ships to dock and unload there, that it was always the plan to continue using barges, which seemed ridiculous to me. A couple weeks later, an NSSI ship was docked at the port, unloading cargo, not a barge in sight.
    I hope everyone is okay.

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  6. Posted by G-man Choi on

    I heard one of the barges tipped over and dropped all the seacans into the water.

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