About Us

Northern Transportation Company Limited is Northern Canada’s oldest Arctic marine operator, and among Canada’s largest barging companies. For close to 80 years, we have provided reliable and critical marine transportation services to communities and resource exploration projects along the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories and across the Western Arctic, from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska as far east as Taloyoak in Nunavut.

NTCL’s core business is marine cargo transportation. In five short months every year – from June to October – we have moved millions of tons of cargo in our seven and a half decades serving Northerners, and are as much a fixture of Northern summer life as 24-hour sunshine.

Community resupply, Oil and Gas, Mining and large scale project argo destined for or returning from Mackenzie River, Mackenzie Delta and Western Arctic communities moves along our traditional tug and barge route from Hay River, home to our 25-hectare loading terminal, large shipyard, Syncro-lift and fleet maintenance facility. As well, offshore seismic and ice management support, both in the Beaufort Sea and off the coast of Eastern Canada are an important part of our work.

The people of the Arctic, the Inuvialuit and the Inuit, are our customers, our owners, and after decades of delivering their sealift cargo, and our longstanding friends. Since 1985, NTCL has been a 100% aboriginal-owned company, and is the founding member of the NorTerra Inc. group of companies. NorTerra is owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation of the Western Arctic on behalf of the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic and Nunasi Corporation, on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavut.