Cargo Ship to Travel Northwest Passage

A cargo vessel carrying a shipment of nickel from Nunavik to China left Deception Bay, Quebec on Friday, September 19th to sail through the Northwest Passage.

Fednav, which owns the MV Nunavik, says it will be one of few commercial vessels to navigate the Northwest Passage, and the first to do so unescorted.

The ice-breaking bulk carrier is transporting 23,000 tons of nickel concentrate from the Canadian Royalties mine in Northern Quebec. Fednav says ice navigation specialists onshore will be helping the ship navigate ice conditions in the passage; the ship is also equipped with an onboard ice navigation system that will use real-time satellite imagery.

The shipping company says sailing through the Northwest Passage instead of the Panama Canal will cut down on travel time and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This story is courtesy of CBC News, for the full article click here.

To read personal blogs of those on board the Nunavik click here.

 Sept 23 2014

exactAIS® tracking of the MV Nunavik as it begins the journey through the Northwest Passage from Quebec to China

Sept 30 2014

 Updated exactAIS tracking as MV Nunavik safely passes through Northwest Passage unescorted (September 30)






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