Ice-blocked fuel tanker reaches shore in Igloolik

The fuel tanker that was stopped from coming to Igloolik by ice has pushed its way through.
The tanker was stuck just offshore outside Igloolik for several days. (Paul Tukker/CBC)

The fuel tanker that was stopped by ice from reaching Igloolik has pushed its way through.

The vessel waited offshore for several days. It was carrying 800,000 litres of fuel to deliver.

Eventually, it managed to get close enough to shore.

"There's still quite a bit of ice out front, but the tanker had come in at night and pushed some of the ice out," says Ike Haulli, the fuel contractor in Igloolik. "They were trying to bring the line in to hook up, but they had to do it over top of the ice.  And they did their pumping last night, they're done and ready to go."

It took about 6 hours to pump the fuel out. 

Haulli says the delivery came too late in the year, when ice has often moved into the area. 

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