Icebreaker expected in Iqaluit on Friday

Residents asked to stay clear of the area

A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker is set to lead an oil/chemical tanker into Iqaluit on Friday. In a news release, Fisheries and Oceans Canada asked residents to stay clear of the area that day. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard)

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit residents are being asked to stay off the ice tomorrow, Friday, June 26, to make way for a ship set to arrive that day.

The Terry Fox, a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, will lead the MT Kitikmeot W, an oil/chemical tanker, into Iqaluit, Fisheries and Oceans Canada said in a news release.

Residents are asked to stay clear of the area tomorrow.

“It is strongly recommended that all traffic on the ice, including pedestrians, hunters, snowmobilers, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators, avoid the area during icebreaking operations,” the release said.

“The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on it.”

Residents are also asked to use “extreme caution” after operations are complete, as the ice will be unstable even after the icebreaker has left.

Changes to the weather may delay the ship’s arrival.

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(1) Comment:

  1. Posted by The Ice MAY Move on

    What great confidence they have in the ice breaking capabilities of the Terry Fox – we’ll sure give it a good try and we MAY even move the ice if we give it our all.
    Perhaps we should invest in ice breakers that WILL move the ice?
    *all kidding aside, the PR person should have had their work reviewed first*

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