Major Arctic sealift carrier makes big move downriver

Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping moves from Valleyfield, Que. to Port of Bécancour

The NEAS vessel MV Aujaq at the port of Valleyfield. NEAS has moved its operation to the Port of Bécancour on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. (File photo)

By Jim Bell

One of Canada’s biggest Arctic sealift firms, Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping, has made a big move this year.

It transferred its cargo service centre from Valleyfield, Que., about 70 kilometres southwest of Montreal, to the Port of Bécancour.

Bécancour is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 165 kilometres downstream from Montreal, across from Trois-Rivières.

The company made the move in time for this year’s summer sealift season.

The NEAS Group, which serves Nunavut and Nunavik, has used the Valleyfield location as a staging area for its Arctic sealift operation for about 20 years.

But in a news release, the company says that because of growth in customer demands, they need more space and better facilities.

“Our customers’ escalating demands and increasing volumes require setting the now necessary footprint for larger and more specialized cargoes, including for mining, housing construction and food security,” Noah Tayara, chair of the NEAS Group’s board, said in the news release.

And NEAS now says the Bécancour location gives them five ship berths, 113,000 square feet of warehousing and over 1.5 million square feet of secure yard and laydown space.

“NEAS customers will immediately benefit from efficiencies, improved cargo drop-off, enhanced packaging and innovative container services, expanded warehousing options, faster loading and mid-season ship turnarounds,” Suzanne Paquin, the president and CEO of NEAS Group, said in a news release.

The NEAS Group is a joint venture between Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. and an entity called Transport Nanuk. Transport Nanuk is a partnership between the North West Co. and Logistec Corp.

Logistec is a Montreal-based firm that provides a variety of marine services, including marine transport in the Canadian Arctic.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Cargo Receiver on

    I don’t get it. NEAS (Inuit Owned) partnership with NorthWest Co. ? The very co. which many don’t support as their profit don’t return to locals of Nunavimmiut. And NEAS ? is non supporter or our local co-ops (FCNQ) in Nunavik (Again). Desgagnes (non Inuit owned) supported by the FCNQ as they receive all their sealift thruout each year. It proves that something is very wrong. Why aren’t they helping each other ? We live only in isolation and will forever. I again certainly don’t support NorthWest co. and it is making me not want to support NEAS anymore.

    • Posted by boris pasternak on

      Companies don’t give a hoot who they go to bed with, they care about making money and more money. And they will make big money from northern customers because they know we have no alternative for cargo services our hands and balls r tied…

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