New Canadian Vessel Delivers Hope for Arctic

    IQALUIT, NT, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc.
( is pleased to announce that its newest vessel, the MV Qamutik,
arrived safely in Canada on Canada Day.
    "At NEAS, we deliver more than just sealift services. We deliver hope,"
said Michael Gordon, President of NEAS. "The MV Qamutik and the hope it offers
for sustainable economic development is our Canada Day gift for our
    After its official inauguration ceremony on July 7th, the MV Qamutik sets
sail for Canada's Eastern Arctic. The NEAS fleet of Canadian vessels provide
reliable, cost-effective and enhanced sealift services for local communities
across the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, and the Baffin and Kivalliq
regions of Nunavut.
    "There is a difference with NEAS," confirmed Brock Junkin, CEO of Sakku
Investments and NEAS director. "We are investing in Canadian flag, duty paid
vessels, and we are investing in marine training and employment opportunities
for local Inuit."
    The MV Qamutik will proudly service the Eastern Arctic under Canadian
flag with a Canadian crew, including specially trained local Inuit.
    "At NEAS, we put the 'ship' in Inuit-ownership," added Lynn Kilabuk, Vice
President at Qikiqtaaluk Corporation and NEAS director. The MV Qamutik
represents the third major financial investment in Canadian vessel ownership
by Inuit Birthright Corporations. The MV Umiavut and the MV Avataq were
purchased by NEAS in 2000 and 2007 respectively.
    "We are committed to delivering for Canada's Arctic communities the most
advanced, cost effective and reliable sealift services available," said
Suzanne Paquin, President of Transport Nanuk and Vice President at NEAS. "We
are looking to the federal government to respect the Coasting Trade Act and
stop unfair competition from foreign vessels and foreign crews in Canada's
Arctic waters this sealift season."

    NEAS is a pioneer and industry leader in the provision of sealift and
related transportation services across Canada's Arctic. NEAS is an Inuit
majority owned venture between Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Sakku Investments
Corporation, Makivik Corporation and Transport Nanuk Inc. Over the Arctic
navigation season, from July to November, NEAS vessels deliver a variety of
goods including construction materials, vehicles, heavy equipment, house wares
and non-perishable items to local communities.
    To learn more about the MV Qamutik, NEAS and our sailing schedule, visit
us online at

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For further information:

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

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