Named Kitikmeot W the ship's new name reflects two aspects of Coastal's operations. The first is that it supplies fuel to far northern communities during the short summer navigation season. Kitikmeot is the name of a large administrative region covering the north and western portion of the Nunavut territory. Although geographically large (171,150 square miles) it is sparsely populated by 6,543 people. It has several settlements that are well known by their former names including Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq) and Gjoa Haven (Uqsuqtuuq). Kugaaruk (Pelley Bay), Kugluktuk (Coppermine) and Taloyoak (Spence Bay) are the other hamlets in the region. The entire region is accessible only by air or by sea (in season).
The letter "W" denotes the Woodward family, founders of the Woodward Group and owners of Coastal Shipping. It has been many years since the company used the letter "W" in its ship's names , so it is a nice touch to recall some of the early Woodward tankers such as Jenny W and Sibyl W.
Kitikmeot W was built in 2010 by Icdas in Biga, Turkey and measures 13,097 grt, 19,983 dwt. It sailed as Icdas-09 until acquired by Woodward. A sister tanker Icdas-11 has also been purchased by Coastal Shipping, but has not joined the fleet yet.
Although founded in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Coastal Shipping operate its tankers from Lewisporte, NL and it is expected that the ship will head there for transfer from Marshall Islands to Canadian registration.
Woodward Gallery "W" Gallery
A second Sibyl W, acquired in 1992 was also a former Imperial Oil tanker. Imperial Tofino dated from 1973 when it was built in North Vancouver. It was lengthened 28 feet in 1979 raising tonnage from 650 to 764 grt.