Baffinland's Mary River mine ships first load of iron ore

The first load of iron ore from Nunavut's Mary River mine site, located southwest of Pond Inlet, is now on its way to Germany.

Site has been subject of controversy due to request for year-round shipping

The Federal Tiber bulk carrier leaves from the Milne port, carrying iron ore from Baffinland's Mary River project. The ore is the first shipment produced by the site, which has been the subject of controversy due to a request from Baffinland to ship ore through Baffin Bay 10 months of the year. (Submitted by Baffinland)

The first load of iron ore from Nunavut's Mary River mine site is now on its way to Germany. 

According to Baffinland Iron Mines, which owns the mine, more than 50,000 tonnes of ore left the Milne Inlet port on Saturday. Once it gets to Europe, it will be made into steel.

The Mary River project, located about 160 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet, Nunavut, has made headlines in recent months for a plan to ship iron ore 10 months of the year through Baffin Bay. 

In April, the Nunavut Planning Commission determined the plan was too disruptive for wildlife and did not conform to the North Baffin Land Use Plan currently in place. ​

However, in July, Bernard Valcourt, the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, granted Baffinland a land use plan exemption, allowing the mining company to bypass the planning commission and take its proposal straight to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, where it will undergo an environmental assessment. 

In a written statement, Baffinland's president, Tom Paddon, said that he is proud of the project's accomplishment, and is looking forward to expanding it in the future.

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