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McKeil Marine was contracted by Canadian Royalties Inc. to utilize the collective resources of in house design and engineering, project management and our skilled sailing crew to setup a temporary dock along a remote Arctic shoreline. The Nunavik Nickel mine & related port location in Deception Bay are challenged by a rugged shoreline absent of permanent dock infrastructure. An arrangement using the Nunavut Spirit, utilizing spuds and shore anchors along with a ramp capable of accommodating tidal changes, served as the staging dock for loading bagged cargo aboard two ocean going vessels.

The vessels docked along the stern of the barge with the aid of a support tug and work boat for ship assist and line service. Having to adapt to weather conditions and a limited window for equipment delivery and site setup, McKeil provided infrastructure, engineering design, project management and supported cargo operations.

Customer: Canadian Royalties Inc.
Location: Deception Bay, Nunavik, QC
Date: July – November 2013

The Challenge: Providing reliable and efficient loading dock for nickel and copper concentrate along rugged shoreline absent of permanent infrastructure.

Our Solution: Barge Nunavut Spirit with anchor lines & spuds to secure and equipping with a loading ramp to accommodate tidal changes.

Gear: Nunavut Spirit, Beverly M I, Miti Mo, Arctic Dock 400

Services: Consultation & Planning, Project Cargo