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Baffinland Iron Mines becomes new record holder

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Global Mining Review,

Yesterday, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. (Baffinland) concluded its 2018 shipping programme. From 24 July to 17 October, Baffinland shipped approximately 5.1 million t of iron ore from its Milne Inlet port to markets in Europe, the UK, Taiwan, and Japan. 71 voyages were executed, carrying an average of 71 750 t of iron ore each over an 86 day period. This establishes the record for the largest shipping programme by volume ever executed in the Canadian High Arctic, surpassing Baffinland’s previous record of 4.1 million t shipped in 2017. Baffinland also carried out two Northern Sea route transits to Asia, a first for iron ore bulk carriage.

Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland stated: “As we focus on our expansion programme, a successful, safe, and responsible shipping season remains a critical component of our growth. Along with our employees, I want to thank all of our partners involved in making this programme a success. This includes our shipping partners and the continued support of the North Baffin communities and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.”

Consistent with last year’s successful shipping programme, Baffinland again deployed world-leading health and safety control systems and conducted environmental monitoring programmes to adhere to strict environmental standards, developed in collaboration with the North Baffin communities.

This included providing real time vessel locations and an onboard monitoring programme supported by the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization to ensure no adverse environmental impacts or impacts on Inuit shipping vessels. These programmes combined scientific and traditional Inuit knowledge. No health and safety or environmental incidents occurred during the shipping programme.  

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