Have you seen the transport vessel ferrying goods and supplies to and from Prince Rupert and Kitimat to Hartley Bay? You’ll know which one it is by the Gitga’at First Nation (GFN) logo on the back and the friendly crew of two – sometimes 3 – Gitga’at members running the boat.
In 2019, the Gitga’at Transporter put the GFN and Gitga’at Development Corporation (GDC) into the marine cargo transport business on the North Coast. This business is entirely owned and operated by both the Gitga’at Nation and GDC, and the business does regular year-round runs. So whether it’s BC Hydro generators, medical supplies, or food, our transport boat stays busy meeting the needs of the Hartley Bay community as well as other customers on the North coast.
This 55-foot aluminum hull landing craft is the only one of its kind on the North Central Coast of BC. With a cargo capacity that’s 50% larger than any competitor’s boats, it’s no wonder the Gitga’at Transporter generates so much business.
The Transporter’s features make it a great vessel for all types of freight and equipment, which includes:
- Easy loading with the 12-foot wide bow ramp
- A Hiab crane that extends eight feet and can lift to 4700 pounds
- A large cargo deck measuring 50 feet long by 12 feet wide so that it can fit bulkier cargo
- A maximum cargo load capacity of 33,000 pounds
- Advanced navigation electronics, including sonar and communications
- A comfortable heated cabin above the cargo deck with room for four passengers
- A small kitchen and bathroom (also known as the galley and head, for those of you who know boater lingo)
- Twin Volvo marine diesel inboard engines
The wide ramp and Hiab crane are particularly valuable for this GDC and GFN business. These features make loading and unloading easier for customers, giving the freight company a significant advantage against competitors in the area.
Please stay up to date on the Gitga’at Transporter by liking and following them on Facebook. The next time you see the Transporter in the harbour or on a supply run, give the hard-working crew a friendly wave.