Ok veteran Northerners.... this one's for you

(Specifically those who live in Nunavut... no offense to the rest of you folkies)

Let's talk sea lift.

This is about what I know: big boats come to Rankin. I should be making arrangements to put stuff on said boats.

Three companies run the boats (NEAS, NSSI, NTCL). Various companies put yummie things like pop on the boats for me. I pay them for it. I enjoy said goodies.

Here's what I don't get.

How in the WORLD do I find what companies supply to the north? How do I contact them? Is there some sort of database? Website? How do I know what I can order? Is there a catalogue? (I know sealiftexpress.com exists, but other than that I'm lost in the dark).

Pleeeease help. The more input the better. I want to get on this, and I know the shipping schedules are coming out very soon....


jen April 15, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

My company's name is Marche Turenne. It is a company that buys want you want, packs it, and puts it on a ship. But you may have other companies that stock Rankin ships.

I deal with them strictly through e-mail. Once a year they e-mail me a MASSIVE excel document. I put in want I want, send it back and so on.

Your best bet is to ask friends that live in Rankin. Get their company's e-mail, and go from there.

Way Way Up April 15, 2008 at 9:59 PM  

The only sea lift I've done is through the Northern. They used to put out a catalogue but they stopped doing that year I believe and its all online now. This year I'll likely go with Marche Turenne that Jen mentioned there. A good place to sealift info is from the schools there in Rankin. You might be able to get some info from teachers or from the office. Companies involved with sealift frequently send faxes/ads/flyers etc. to the school since teachers can be pretty anal about getting good deals and saving money.

Living in Cape Dorset April 16, 2008 at 6:32 AM  


When I am in NB in the summer I take a few days and drive to Montreal and pack my own sealift. That way I don't wind up with a case of chicken noodle soup when I only wanted 6 cans.That way you can put in anything that you like.
Just a thought


Jackie S April 16, 2008 at 2:34 PM  

Comments from Kennie's post on this topic....

Clare said...

I use Marche D'aoust, and have
since I first came here in 1999. Part of the reason is that they pack much more securely. They've been really good at letting me make orders at the last minute also.
March 5, 2008 12:32 PM

Kennie said...

Hmm.... do you have the contact info for them Clare? Wouldn't mind getting ahold of maybe one of their "catalogues" / order options.

I used Marche Turrenne last year. Didn't do too bad of a job on packing (although I did have a couple of broken salsa jars - that was fun to clean up. The prices weren't too bad ... but their offerings this year I find are a little lacking.
March 5, 2008 5:10 PM
jen said...

What aren't they selling this year? I haven't even started thinking about it yet, I usually go with Marche Turrenne, but if they are sucking this year I will also need to shop around.

The marche Turrenne lady will usually go get me what I want...ie special dog food and such, so if it's just one item just try asking if she will get it for you.
March 6, 2008 9:54 AM

Clare said...

Sorry Kennie, I never checked back for a bit and then had to search out my info. Usually they give me a call and ask if I want a catalogue each year. I also should have an email address if you wish.

TEL: (450)373-7347/9981
FAX: (450)373-4989
March 9, 2008 12:52 PM

Kennie said...


An email address would be lovely, as I can't send faxes from school right now (at least long distance faxes) .... thxs.

Kennie April 16, 2008 at 7:03 PM  

Jackie ... incase you don't see my post dedicated to you :-)

TEL: (450)373-7347/9981
FAX: (450)373-4989


TEL: (450) 627-7996
FAX: (450) 627-7999

Contact info for the two companies

Indigo April 16, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

Interesting and useful comments. I have used Marche Turenne and the D'auost folks BUT by far the best sea lift we ever had was when I bought all the goods myself at Costco, Superstore, etc and had them marshalled (put on a pallet and shrink wrapped) and then delivered to Dorval the year I did it for the Baffin and the year I did it for Rankin it was all from Winnipeg. It means of course that someone (like you) has to have the energy and preferably wheels down south to go and buy everything you want and arrange for it to be marshalled and shipped. It was less expensive all around, better quality and better packed. This ONLY worked because I rearranged my scheduled meetings out to cooincide with the best time for shipping this. June works.

Clare April 17, 2008 at 10:07 AM  

I don't think I can help as the companies that supply us are based out of Montreal and you have a different supply route than us. Check with some of the RCMP members over there, I'm pretty sure they'll have their finger on the pulse of sealift supply.

Jimi Onalik April 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM  

On behalf of Nunavut's beleaguered aviation industry I must ask you to reconsider your decision to use the sea lift- or as we call it- the Devil Ship.

The use of the sea lift causes untold hardship to the already delicate marine environment in Nunavut waters. The impacts on the highly endangered Polar Bear population and the near vanishing Bowhead whale population will be devastating and I don't think that you need that on your conscience?

Also continuing to fly all of your food is very, very good for the Nunavut economy. Higher fuel consumption per kilo of cargo that all airplanes provide, increase the speed of the decline of global oil reserves thus making Nunavut's burgeoning oil industry that much closer to reality. Think of all the jobs and the OLN reality shows!

Finally, please consider the pressure of your fellow consumers in your choice. Throughout North America, the masses have all flocked to the air transportation industry as shown by the wildly popular "Air Miles" programme. When you buy fuel at Esso they do not ask you if you have "Sea Miles" as they realize that this would make you immediately go across the street to Shell. Air Transportation- that's the wave of the future!

The last popular portrayal of the shipping industry in mass media was "Titanic" and despite the boost to Leonardo diCaprio's career (he was amazing in 'The Aviator') no good came of that.

Remember- time to spare- go by air. Cargo can float? Send it on the boat.


Jimi O

Jackie S April 18, 2008 at 10:49 AM  


While you make some good points (I have to say, Dicaprio was much better in The Aviator, than Titanic) I am not sure I was swayed by your "speed up the decline of global oil reserves" argument. Haha.

Nice try though!!


jennifer of nunablog April 24, 2008 at 9:17 PM  

Jackie - hopefully this advice isn't getting to you too late...we've done our sealift shopping ourselves the last few years. We go to Ottawa (one could also go to Montreal) and shop shop shop. Then we take our purchases (about 2 or 3 cube vans worth) to TSC (The Service Company http://www.tsctransport.com/). They crate it up and take it to the boat for you. This is great for several reasons - you pick your quantity and have much more options to choose from; you can send up large items and non-food items -we've sent bikes, BBQs (but if you refuse to learn how to BBQ, this would be useless...haha), baby gear, etc; and you can find bargains.

Jimi - (sorry, Jackie, I can't let this go) are you serious? Your first argument is to not use ships because they are damaging to wildlife and your second argument is to use air travel to USE UP the oil reserves so that Nunavut's oil can be tapped...which would be DAMAGING TO WILDLIFE!!! Also, if you've read anything put out by DFO recently, the bowhead is actually doing just fine.