Arctic Umiaq Line
|Products||Coastal trade and passenger ferry|
|Net income||DKK 8.1 million|
|Parent||Air Greenland, Royal Arctic Line|
Arctic Umiaq Line A/S (AUL) or Arctic Umiaq is a passenger and freight line in Greenland. Its name derives from the Kalaallisut word for the traditional Inuit passenger boat, the umiak, distinguished from the kayak, used for hunting. The sea connection provided by Arctic Umiaq is a lifeline for the entire western and southwestern Greenland. It is a subsidiary of Air Greenland and Royal Arctic Line.
Arctic Umiaq Line was founded in 2006. Like many Greenlandic companies, though, it can trace its operations to former divisions of the Royal Greenland Trade Department prior its 1986 handover to the Greenland Home Rule Government.
Since 2007, Arctic Umiaq Line has been operating at a deficit, with the CEO Søren Grønhøj Andersen sued for mismanagement. The company carried fewer passengers for the first nine months of 2009 than in the comparable period of the previous year.
The Greenland Home Rule Government has continued to provide loss guarantees to the joint owners. In fiscal 2011, this amounted to DKK 8.1 million and Royal Arctic Line has announced that loss guarantees have been secured through 2016.
The ferry service operates from late April until early January. As of 2010, Arctic Umiaq Line employs 40 people, operating one ship on the Ilulissat-Narsaq route along the coast of western and southwestern Greenland.
Ports of call
The Sarfaq Ittuk stops in the following towns on its coastal journey, with the approximate times for a southbound journey listed for illustration:
|Name||Latitude N||Elapsed time (hours)||Notes|
|Nuuk||64°10′00″||37.30||The longest, 2-hour stop|
|Qaqortoq||60°43′20″||70.00||The ship turns northeast at Qaqortoq, sailing to Narsaq via Tunulliarfik Fjord|
It has a length (over all) of 72.8 m, a Gross tonnage of 2118 t, and freight capacity (Deadweight) of 163 t.
As of 2010 Disko Bay is served by Diskoline on the governmental contract, whereas transport services between Upernavik Archipelago and the Uummannaq Fjord region are provided by infrequent cargo/ferry ships of Royal Arctic Line.
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