Sealift Season 20202020-07-10T16:00:41+00:00

Sealift Season 2020

Since our Nunavut mine sites are in remote locations, we need to transport equipment such as fuel and dry goods. We transport them through barges in order to ensure the safe transfer of material that is crucial to the operation of our mine sites.

The term “sealift operations” refers to when vessels are used to bring material to our laydown areas before transferring them to our Meliadine and Meadowbank Complex sites. This year, the vessels will be transporting material to both Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet in order to be delivered at our mine sites.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are sealift operations? Why is it essential to Agnico Eagle Nunavut Operations?2019-07-26T15:13:22+00:00

Since our Nunavut mine sites are in remote locations, we need to transport equipment such as fuel and dry goods. We transport them through barges in order to ensure the safe transfer of material that is crucial to the operation of our mine sites. The term “sealift operations” refers to when vessels are used to bring material to our laydown areas before transferring them to our Meliadine and Meadowbank Complex sites. This year, the vessels will be transporting material to both Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet in order to be delivered at our mine sites.

Who approved Agnico Eagle material transportation to Rankin Inlet and Baker Lake?2020-07-09T19:15:49+00:00

Transport Canada, along with the Government of Nunavut and the Medical Chief officer. The approval was to allow Agnico Eagle to ship its material by sealift to Rankin Inlet and Baker Lake. No contact with the community will be allowed. Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet Hamlets have also been consulted prior to submitting their plan to the Government of Nunavut to seek for their opinions and suggestions.

Did Agnico Eagle consult with the local community and public before sending the vessels during the COVID-19 pandemic situation?2020-07-09T18:45:22+00:00

In 2020, due to the exceptional circumstances around COVID-19 pandemic, Agnico Eagle could not hold public meetings in person. However, information related to the sealift season have been shared through social media and over the radio.

• Agnico Eagle is also informing concerned authorities. Options for the current sealift season were carefully analyzed to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding communities.

• A Contingency and Emergency Plan is implemented by the sealift company and Agnico
• Eagle is closely following strict protocols to comply with regulations.

• The sealift season plan has been previously approved by the concerned authorities.

• The operations will take place in the respect of all Transport Canada regulations. A security guard will be present to ensure that no community member is in contact with the ship crew.

How will Agnico Eagle prevent the spread of the virus in the communities?2020-07-09T19:18:17+00:00

• Preventive measures have already been implemented to avoid any contact with the local communities.

• Nunavut-based workforce were sent home on March 23rd.

• In Baker Lake, the unloading will be done by residents working for Peter Expediting Inc. They will be using their own equipment and will never be in contact with anyone.

• In Rankin Inlet, the unloading will be done by Nunavut Sealift Supply Inc. (NSSI) employees with their own equipment. To avoid any contact with the community, the bypass road will be used to haul the material to the mine site.

• Contingency and Emergency Plans are implemented to meet the regulations requirements and ensure no-contact with community members during the sealift period.

What are the dry-cargo vessels quantity?2020-07-09T18:40:21+00:00

This year, vessels will be transporting material to both Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet to support our operations. Here are the details about how much cargo and how many vessels will be sent to both communities:

RANKIN INLET – DRY CARGO
– Five (5) full vessels and four (4) vessels shared with the communities
– 3 vessels shared with Meadowbank Complex
– Approximately 170,000 cubic meters (m3) of material
– Approximately 44,000 cubic meters (m3) of fuel

BAKER LAKE – DRY CARGO
– Four (4) full vessels and two (2) full barges
– 3 vessels shared with Meliadine
– Approximately 135,000 cubic meters (m3) of material
– Approximately 81,200 cubic meters (m3) of fuel

Note that these numbers only refer to vessels used directly for Agnico Eagle operations. There will be additional sea traffic as there will be some vessels used for the communities to re-supply.

What route will the vessels use?2020-07-09T18:41:05+00:00

Whenever possible, the vessels will use the passage south of Coats Island near Coral Harbour. Last year (2019), 70% of the passages were done south of Coats Island.

As a security measure, weather and ice condition are the major factors taken into account when determining whether the vessel will use the passage north or south of Coats Island.

Have you considered other scenarios to avoid passing through the community to transport the materials to the mine sites?2020-07-09T19:15:08+00:00

• Options for the current sealift season were carefully analyzed to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding communities.

• In Baker Lake, the routing to Meadowbank Complex has been chosen in order to avoid contact with the local community. Specific road sections will be closed to traffic during the shipment transportation. Communication through the local radio and on social media will be done to inform the community of unloading times and that the road remains closed.

• Note that the community of Chesterfield Inlet will also be kept informed on the sealift routing prior its arrival close to the community.

• In the event of bad weather, the vessels will be using the north passage which means that it will pass in front of the Coral Harbor community. Community members will be informed if it happens.

Will you hire local enterprise(s) to unload the vessels?2020-07-09T19:15:30+00:00

• In Baker Lake, Peter Expediting Inc. will oversee unloading the vessels with their own equipment. Dry cargo and fuel hauling will be done by southern workers hired by Arctic Fuel. No contact will be allowed between Peter Expediting employees and any other workers.

• In Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Sealink Supply Inc. (NSSI) will supply their own unloading equipment – as per usual – and Agnico Eagle will operate Sakku Enterprise equipment for the material hauling.

• Throughout the operation, everyone involved must follow the preventive measures listed in the Hygiene Committee Reference booklet.

What are the measures in place for the use of the All-Weather access road near Rankin Inlet?2020-07-09T19:23:42+00:00

Stay informed. Subscribe to our Facebook pages – AEM Meliadine and AEM Meadowbank Complex to have access to the latest information regarding the road activities. Visit our website – aemnunavut.ca – to learn more about the Sealift Season.

  • A security guard will be posted at all times at the Itivia boat launch to ensure the preventive measures are followed.
  • The security guard will coordinate over radio communication with the unloading crew to allow a safe boat launch to all
    community members. The use of the by-pass road will be prioritized to keep a safe distance and to avoid any local traffic.

For any questions regarding the AWAR, visit our website at aemnunavut.ca/community/roads/

What are the measures in place for the use of the All-Weather access road near Baker Lake?2020-07-09T19:21:54+00:00

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some measures needed to be implemented to ensure the safety of all Nunavummiut regarding the use of the All-weather Access Road (AWAR). Since the AWAR is sometimes used by Nunavummiut for numerous reasons such as the practice of traditional activities, the decision was made that an employee from Baker Lake will work at the gatehouse as a dispatcher.

• The gatehouse dispatcher monitors the flow of traffic and maintains radio communication with the drivers on the AWAR.

• The gatehouse dispatcher will not be in contact with on-site employees.

• Some specific measures will be implemented to ensure that the no-contact procedure is still maintained between on-site employees and community members.

• Drivers must also record all entries and exits of All terrain Vehicle onto the AWAR.

For any questions regarding the AWAR, visit our website at aemnunavut.ca/community/roads/

How to safely use the All-Weather access road (AWAR) in the Baker Lake area?2020-07-09T19:21:36+00:00

Stay informed. Subscribe to our Facebook page – AEM Meadowbank Complex to have access to the latest information regarding the road activities. Visit our website – aemnunavut.ca – to learn more about the Sealift Season.

  • All Baker Lake residents that need to use the AWAR must report to the dispatcher. However, to protect the safety of all, community members are asked to limit their use of the AWAR.
    The road will be closed during the material hauling. Speed limit is 50 km/h.
  • The safety of everyone on the AWAR is the main priority. Hauling – E&I will provide the service of hauling the material to the mine site.
  • Transportation of NSSI employees to and from site by helicopter twice a day (morning and at the end of the shift).
  • Hunters – no hunting is allowed at less than 1.5 km from the mine site and hunter are not allowed up to km 85 on the AWAR.
  • Only ATVs and snowmobiles are allowed on the AWAR.

For any questions regarding the AWAR, visit our website at aemnunavut.ca/community/roads/

What is the road procedure during caribou migration for the hunters?2020-07-09T19:14:33+00:00

• The road procedure remains the same as per usual. The hunters cannot be closer than 1.5 km from the mine site.

• The road will be closed if there are more than 50 caribou from the road.

• Agnico Eagle will be informing the community members through its Facebook pages and over the radio when the road will be closed due to caribou migration.

Is there monitoring done to protect the marine mammals and seabirds?2020-07-09T18:46:52+00:00

Yes, monitoring will be done to ensure marine mammals and seabirds are not affected by the sealift operations. The group in charge of monitoring them is the Nunavut Sealink & Supply Inc. (NSSI) crew. The environmental logs will be shared with the Hamlets and Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO). Additionally, there will also be Cadets on board of the vessels for this year’s sealift operations.

Where can I find live information about the vessels routing?2019-07-26T15:19:20+00:00

You can go to the following website to look at the vessels routing in live-time at ARCTICSEALIFT.COM/POSITION.PHP

Note that each northbound vessel will be sailing for approximately 8-9 days and will be docked approximately 7-10 days before sailing back south for approximately another 8-9 days.

Where can I go for questions or to make a formal complaint?2019-07-26T15:20:23+00:00

You can find the contact information of your Community Liaison Officer (CLO) by visiting our website at aemnunavut.ca/contact

If you have any concerns, you can share them via our Nunavut Community Complaints System – Tusaajugut at tusaajugut@agnicoeagle.com or call us toll-free at 1-844-323-3002.

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