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Marine Transportation Services 2024 cargo rates and acceptance dates

Press Release

March 14, 2024

Marine Transportation Services (MTS) has set its cargo acceptance dates and cargo rates for customers ahead of the 2024 sailing season.

Cargo acceptance dates are the final dates MTS will accept cargo for delivery to the communities it serves in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Cargo rates are what MTS charges customers to ship cargo to the communities.

Customers should be aware that the final cargo acceptance date is a single date for all sailings except one and is earlier than previous years. The final date MTS will receive cargo at its main terminal in Hay River for the 2024 sailing season is June 15, except for cargo bound for Łutselkʼe where the final acceptance date is August 1.

The June 15 acceptance date has been set to allow MTS to load its barges and be ready to sail earlier in the season when water levels will be higher on the Mackenzie River. MTS does not anticipate that water levels on Great Slave Lake will impact its resupply efforts for Łutselkʼe, which is why the final acceptance date for this community is later.

Cargo rates for 2024 have increased 4.5 percent. These rates are adjusted annually and are based on changes to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI represents the changes in prices as experienced by Canadian consumers and is measured by comparing, through time, the cost of a fixed basket of goods and services.

The 2024 cargo acceptance dates can be found here: Sailing Schedule and Final Cargo Acceptance Dates | Infrastructure (

The 2024 cargo rates can be found here:

Operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories since 2017, MTS provides essential marine resupply services to residents, businesses and industry on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River and the Western Arctic.

For media requests, please contact:

Infrastructure Communications

Department of Infrastructure

Government of the Northwest Territories



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