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Infrastructure Opportunities and Challenges before the Arctic Sealift. SUZANNE PAQUIN President & Chief Executive Officer Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. Delivered to: Northern Lights Conference 2010 Montreal. www.neas.ca. 1. NEAS: People. Community. Service.
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Infrastructure Opportunities and Challenges before the Arctic Sealift SUZANNE PAQUIN President & Chief Executive Officer Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. Delivered to: Northern Lights Conference 2010 Montreal www.neas.ca 1
NEAS: People. Community. Service. • Pioneers of Canada’s Arctic Trade • marine transportation • marshalling & packaging • introduced containerization • NEAS is NNI complaint Inuit majority owned, including Inuit ownership in vessels • Our shareholders are our customers. • Committed to socio-economic development of communities - its in our mandate. • Offer training, employment, and promotion opportunities for local Inuit. • Customer focused 2
Reality TV has nothing on the real extreme conditions of sealift operations in Canada’s Arctic…
Perspective on Arctic Extremes: climate, environment, geography, socio-economic need
An “Arctic Algorithm” for Basic Marine Infrastructure Algorithm /al-guh-ri-th'm/ noun a set of simple instructions that combine to accomplish a task.
Big Needs Need Realism • “… build it and they will come” strategies don’t work for intermodal supply chains and infrastructure development. • Benefits of single mega projects must be balanced against the greatest good for the great number in the short and medium term… • Learn from unsuccessful examples in south of poor project planning driven by politics, not demand and priorities… • We need to focus on customer demands, identify needs and set priorities.
Common Conditions Weather: Extreme climates, winds, currents, and short navigational season Communities: Remote, lack of marine infrastructure, no safe or secure work areas, customer dependence on marine transportation for re-supply. Mining: generally remote and distant from population centres. Government Contracting: Services are regulated monopolies by way of restrictive winner take all regional contract awards… limits customer choice, reduces competition and increases costs. Tides: many communities have high tides resulting in operational delays. Navigational Charts: Inadequate hydrographic navigational charts and data - Approximately 10% of the Canadian Arctic is adequately charted. Mooring Buoys and Navigational Aids: Deficiency exists – few Navaids and 1 Mooring Buoy in Nunavut. www.neas.ca 7
New Realities of the Arctic Sealift • Shift towards multi purpose container vessels with lightering operations, as opposed to traditional tug and barge only operations. • Solutions have to work for all users www.neas.ca 8
Marine Staging Areas www.neas.ca 10
Defined Staging Areas would improve cargo handling www.neas.ca 11
Need for “kid safe and secure” marine staging areas in each community… www.neas.ca 12
Outside Lighting & Fencing…a little will go a long way www.neas.ca 13
Improving the Arctic Sealift • Immediate need for safe and secure basic marine infrastructure in all local communities • Safe anchorage for vessels off coastal communities • Improved inter-governmental relations and increased focus on customers. www.neas.ca 14
Learning from Nunavik:identify, prioritize, execute www.neas.ca 15
Examples from Nunavik Kuujjuarapik Inukjuaq Tasiujaq www.neas.ca 16
“The sooner the better...” www.neas.ca 17
Opportunities • The federal government has money available right now for infrastructure development in Nunavut • The sooner the better… we need to act now to make a difference in the next 10 years • Nunavut just has to commit to an Infrastructure Initiative in the next Capital Plan, including a marine project for each community, • Improve collaboration between levels of government, and this includes an INFRASTRUCTURE ADVISORY COMMITTEE • Open, fair, transparent procurement process which respects customer choice and promoting competition www.neas.ca 18
Set Priorities and Develop a Kit • Need Nunavut Advisory Committee • Define the Focus • Kid Safe and secure Marine Staging Area • Cleared Beach areas • Basic Access Ramp allowing access to Water around the tides • Fencing • Lighting ….. • Prioritize Projects • Community needs • Prioritize communities • Allocate $$ in Capital Budget www.neas.ca 19
1st Priority - IQALUIT Phase 1: THE CAUSEWAY www.neas.ca 20
Conclusion The Arctic Algorithm CUSTOMER FOCUS + IMPROVED INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS = COMMUNITY MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE www.neas.ca 21