Inuit shipping company reports record 2007 sealift season for customer service

    IQALUIT, NT, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping
(NEAS) and its shareholders are pleased to announce a record sealift season
for 2007.
    "At NEAS, we are proud to confirm that we exceeded our customer service
targets over this sealift season," said Michael Gordon, NEAS president. "Our
customers saw NEAS vessels providing more scheduled stops in their communities
more often then ever before."
    Over the 2007 arctic sealift season, NEAS offered 10 sailings providing
vital re-supply services for communities across Canada's Eastern Arctic making
a record 64 stops. In some instances, NEAS vessels called on communities 6
times this season.
    NEAS' success was bolstered by its acquisition of the MV AVATAQ. "NEAS
customers definitely benefited from our newest vessel, the MV AVATAQ" said
Suzanne Paquin, NEAS vice president. "The MV AVATAQ enhances our already
reliable sealift services keeping local construction projects on schedule and
maintaining food in stock at local grocery stores."
    The MV AVATAQ, an ice class 1, multi-purpose, tweendecker, is the second
major financial investment in vessel-ownership by Inuit Birthright
Corporations in Canadian history. The first, the MV UMIAVUT, was purchased and
imported by NEAS and its Inuit shareholders in 2000.
    "The MV AVATAQ reflects our ongoing commitment to our communities and our
peoples across the North," said Ludy Pudluk, NEAS director. "At NEAS there is
a difference. Our direct ownership in vessels and being the major shareholder
provides us with the opportunities to offer real training and employment for
local Inuit. Our Inuit training and employment programs are second to none."

    NEAS is an innovative partnership between Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Sakku
Investments Corporation, Makivik Corporation and Transport Nanuk Inc. Each
year, NEAS vessels deliver a variety of goods ranging from construction
materials, vehicles, heavy equipment, house wares and non-perishable items to
local communities across the Eastern Arctic. NEAS is committed to providing
the highest quality and most cost effective sealift services available for
Nunavut and Nunavik.

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For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Paquin, Vice President, NEAS,
President, Transport Nanuk Inc, (514) 597-0186; David Ell, Director of
Marketing, (867) 979-7974

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