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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -21:00:00 - 21:29:59

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Loud Speaker: Quebec Federal Nakagawa --Federal Nakagawa, here. I read you Quebec. Mr. Zargrave, you are on 43 toward the Grandes-Iles... with the change to Quebec---around 1:20 am. Where's your pilot plug captain? Is it...that? --Thanks. --Turning now 049, sir. --Ok, thank you. Sea speed will be for half an hour notice. Half an hour? Ok. --What's the best speed and... how many revolutions is the speed? --113 --113, Ok. And what's the best revolution you can give me with 20 minutes notice? --110--110? Ok. But, uh... now we've got the dredge to face and uh... I'm not planning to go sea speed before uh... before Grandes-Iles ..so uh... in about 2½..2 hours from now... --And what is the program for....? Will they.. make a detour? --They will be with me. They are following me all the way to Québec. --So, uh..130 is good?--Uh, about. I would say more like 2 to ¼ past 2... something like that. Its low water at uh..10 minutes.. before 1 so we should just... briefly start to feel... the uh...the flood..uh..tide. Alright? --If they would like... rest or something then we... --Ah, No they will not. And..uh neither are you. --No, they dont want. --Ok. --They will stay up all night. Yea. Maybe later on when uh..it's gonna be calmer... we..uh..we might just have a look at the..the... pilot's room and the pilot's cabin. They want to see..uh... what it looks like. But..uh... nothing more extravagant than that. --Some little snacks. --Aah! --Mm, thank you very much. --Next time, I will just say that... the movie makers are with me. So I'll be sure to have a... snack like that. --Yeah. You can always have. --Alright. Thank you very much. --Very kind. Thank you. --035 --035, Sir. 035. --If you're not right put some more whe... put more wheels because uh...we cannot wait three minutes to get to the right. --Adding, ok? --Adding 035. --Ok. Thank you! This is our very own positioning system. And the good thing about this positionning system here is that... it enables us to predict the place where we would run into... another boat. So then, the boat that was uh... likely to...to...to...cause... a problem, that is to say the one we'd run into... just about where the dredger is working. is called the Vectis Eagle, and... its meeting point is just... a bit after the dredge work here... So, between here... and here of the Vectis Eagle... he slowed down so we could meet... a bit beyond the dredge. If he hadn't slowed down we would have had a meeting point that would have had... a meeting point that would have been close to the dredge... which is undesireable. And...uh... for us it's harder to slow down because we have the current... in back pushing us, while he has the current.. on both sides. For him it's easier to slow down. So, the pilots called me to say... keep going...I'm going to slow down in order to meet you... in better place...in a better place. --That's funny. We were almost on the Vectis Eagle. Do you remember? --Yeah. True. That's right. That's true. But, you'll see how small a boat it is. --Oh yeah, but in the end, we couldn't get on. --Oh really? --Well, there weren't enough life vests... or something. --Oh yeah, that's very...you'll see that means very little here. Uh...this is the ideal boat for that. The bump here is the sanctuary... the sanctuary of Captain Madeleine. And ahead, we have two... green lights, and the two green lights... are alignment lights. When the two lights... are one in front of the other they indicate the... center of the navigation channel. So, the one behind shows us... if it's behind and is offset toward the right that means that we are... to the right of the center line. If the light behind... if offset toward the left that means we are to the left of the center line. So, depending on the situation when we cross paths... we want to even ourselves out as on the road... when there is no boat to run into... we keep the lights one behind the other... in order to be closer to the center line. So, its a navigation aid that uh... that is very, very important and widely used... by...uh...pilots on the Saint-Lawrence river. Obviously, the lateral navigation aids... that is to say, the buoys are very important as well... and are used as an immediate reference. We see them. We see where we are located in reference to... the entire width of the canal So, incidentally, in winter... when there are none, we put two pilots... on board each ship. 045. Each time a change of course is required of the crew... we make sure the crew is turning the helm... in the right direction. Because once the turning has begun... the time it takes to stop and... get the boat to turn in the other direction... is long, and the ship continues it's advance... with the same speed. Sometimes, it can be... problemtic to begin the turning in the wrong direction. So, every time that we are asked for a change in course... we make sure, here, that the helm is at least... turned to the right direction. This way we feel secure that the initial turning... was done in the right direction. We have many navigation aids on ships like this one The main one for us is the radar. 055. --055, sir. 060. --060, Sir. --420. --420, Sir. --Read on propellers, sir? --EZ210. --EZ210, sir. Read on 410, sir? --420. --420, sir. Read on 420 sir? --Midship? --Midship, sir. --0..steady 063. --Steady 063, sir. The characteristic of a good wheel man, of a good helmsman... is knowing how many... degrees to turn the helm... to achieve a new course. And, once the turning... has begun, it is to get the helm back to its center point... or to turn... counter-helm, that is to say, turn the helm in the other direction.. in order to stop the boat for the required new course. When we changed pilots a little while ago... the Montreal-Trois Rivieres pilot alerted me... that the wheel men were tired... because they just made a maritime trip, that is to say, uh... the passage from the Great Lakes to Montreal.... and, on the other hand... the others were fading out. Uh, as for him...I suspsect... that he might be a new wheel man... because he doesnt have good coordination... in knowing how much to turn the helm... and when to stop it. So, that means that... they werent able to reach their new, required course in a...in a... reasonable time frame. Which means that we access one side... or the other of...of...the navigation channel. So, that's why, in that case, I gave him the orders directly... about how to turn the helm...how much I wanted the... helm to be turned right and left. Um...in English, left and right... on a boat we use...uh... the equivalent of starboard and port in French. So, its starboard for the right side... and port for the left side. 070. --070, sir. --Mr. mate, can you reduce the brilliance on the electronic chart? --Actually, I am... --Shut the blind. Thank you. --Adding 070, sir. --Ok, thank you. You have a dredge 1.25 miles ahead... Mr. mate so we're gonna reduce the... So we'll go half of axe. --Half axe, sir. --There's a dredge, captain, so we're gonna reduce, ok? --Do we have the tide with us, or... --Yeah, its low water at the...10 to 1. So...uh...as I said... we're gonna just start feeling the flood tide... when we arrive in Quebec. Super! Thank you. 075. --075, sir. Adding 075, sir. --Alright, thank you. --Would you like to have something? --Uh, Not yet. Thank you very much. So, the boat we'll be passing on the right, its a dredger. It's a boat that is specially designed to... maintain the canal at... an accetable depth for... commercial navigation. In this area, the canal is maintained at 11.3 meters... with a water-level reference of... zero. That is to say, that when we have.. barely that level of reference, in depth... the navigation channel is at least... 11.3 meters deep. Right now, we have more than zero... as our degree of...as our reference level... Right now, here... with a shortage of 1.51 meters... so in order to get 11.3... we---to have 12.8... meters available... from the water level. So that is a new tool. It belongs to... the Groupe Ocean de Quebec company. Uh...the maintenance of the canal here was done... the old-fashioned way since...uh... since around the time of Jacques Cartier. I joke, but the dredger that we used... was one of the old models. The maintenance of the canal... was...uh...very, very long... and very... ineffective. So, last year Groupe Ocean... built this...uh.. brand-new dredger... which is very effective...much quicker... So, uh... I forsee.. the maintenance of the navigation channel between... Quebec and Montreal being optimised by... the addition of this piece of equipment. Ok, Mr. Mate we'll go back full manoeuvring , please. --Okay. --065. --065, sir. --420. --420, sir. Read on 430, sir? --Ok. EZ210. --EZ210, sir. Read on 410, sir? --Ok, 065. --065, sir. --060.--060, sir. --052. --052, sir. --Midship? --Midship, sir. Revolution, sir? --Starbord 10. --Starbord 10, sir. Wheel on starbord 10, sir. --Good. Midship. --Midship, sir. Drag on midship sir. --Ok. Starbord 10. --Starbord 10, sir. Read on starbord 10, sir? --Midship. --Midship, sir Drag on midship, sir. --Ok. 050. --050, sir. --Vectis Eagle...the Kumano here... --Yes, Evening. --Uh...Good evening and thanks a lot. I appreciate it. --Uh, no problem...good fortune. --Thank you... Keep up the good work. If you look at the electronic map, the Vectis Eagle.. is well out of the way on his side. That is the center line. The two green lights... in back indicate the center of the canal. The dotted line... Okay, thank you. The dotted line shows the northern extremity. The dotted line, here, shows the southern limit. So, as for us, we're between the northern and southern limits... and he is between the center and the northern limit. We cant have our starboard side as a meeting place. If you look, the Vectis Eagle, is the ship that we talked about for uh... If you look, you'll see it's a very small boat... with a very limited crew...so...uh... it doesn't surprise me that they were... unable to have...uh... only one or two...uh... other people aboard. As for their small accomodations...they have a life boat only for the crew... so...uh...its difficult to accomodate...uh... more passangers...uh...on these small boats. 048. --048, sir. So, as you see, there are many navigation tools on board. The main one for the pilots here on the Saint Lawrence river... is the radar The radar is...uh...it's this unit here. The radar is a unit which gives us... an echo of everything that is... beneath the water. In piloting we never... use what is beneath the water. --Turning 048, sir. --Ok, thank you. We use the line...the line... of the side...the ground lines on each side. So, the radar, is an antenna that turns... and emits a wave. The wave will reflect... on the echos and return to the radar's... antenna. The time it takes for the wave to... leave the antenna and reflect upon an object... and then to return is intepreted in distance... and then using the distances, we can position ourselves. --So, is it an older piece of equipment? --Uh, No... its rather new. --Oh really? --Ah, well it's a good radar. It's a radar from the company...uh... JRC, Japan Radio Company. It's a very good radar. It's a reliable piece of equipment. It's... equipment that...uh...doesn't vary. The distances are... always stable. So, uh...no. It's not an old boat either...uh... This boat is maybe...uh... ten years old...but uh... if every boat had nice radars like this one we'd be happy. However, even so, they are relatively basic boats... that is to say, for their purposes... transporting in bulk...uh... you dont need overly sophisticated boats. So...uh..it would be...uh... unprofitable to have overly sophisticated boats... to...uh...transport merchandise.

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 59
Posted by: globallives on Sep 30, 2013

Installing laptop. Talking with captain of Federal Kumano. Explaining technical details outside on the bridge. Guiding helmsman on the controls. Night falls.

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