Kids on sealift beaches in Nunavut 'an accident waiting to happen'
Companies, Nunavut government trying to keep children from playing around heavy equipment
Shipping companies, the Government of Nunavut and the Canadian Coast Guard are trying to ensure children do not use the Iqaluit waterfront as a playground as sealift ships offload cargo.
"They shouldn't be hanging around here without supervision," said David Alexander, Iqaluit sealift administrator. "We're taking this very seriously."
In past years, young people have suffered injuries jumping between sea-can containers.
"It is indeed a zone where the activities are so intense that unless you do something it is like an accident waiting to happen," said WaguihRayes, general manager of sealift company Desgagnés Transarctik.
Rayes says it's clear Iqaluit needs better infrastructure on the Iqaluit waterfront to make it easier and safer to offload supplies.
Two sealift companies currently share the same small beach area and the pace and amount of business increases every year.
In Iqaluit, safety improvements are now in place, including warning signs, barriers and traffic control.
Desgagnés Transarctik says the improvements are a step in the right direction, but says they also need to happen in smaller communities.