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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -01:00:00 - 01:29:59

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— This is Voyageur. --- ---

— Thank you. 073. —073. Take care, Pat. Good night, safe journey. — You seem tired. Say hi to Manon Rhéaume if she's aboard. Manon Rhéaume... Manon Thériault! OK. Bye. Thanks, good night. 073 set. —OK, thank you! Half ahead. — Half ahead. 075. —075! Film the bridges instead. You won't get the chance see them often. — Quebec Federal Nakagawa. Saint Lawrence, 3:15, 0315. Can you repeat the traffic, please? — Roger, thank you. —075 set. OK. Slow ahead. —Slow ahead! We're slowing down here, not because of the bridges but because of the small marina at the mouth of the Chaudière river. If we don't slow down it could cause damage to the pleasure crafts, so we always slow down. Do you think of anything when you pass under the bridge? Yes, we need to think in advance. Since our speed was a little bit faster than the maneuvering speed, we had to slow down a bit earlier. We need to think about it in advance. — I mean, when you pass under the Quebec Bridge, do you feel anything? — Oh! Um... I always feel a little something but... 065. — 065! — We pass by the bridge around 150 times a year, so it became routine. When I think of the bridge's history though, because it does have an important history, the central span collapsed and is supposedly still in the River, also the Northern cantilever fell into the River during construction. I don't remember the exact number of people, I think it was about 60, who died in both accidents. A lot of people lost their lives in order to build a connection from the North Shore to the South Shore and no longer depend only on the ferries. — Are you approaching the end of your shift? — Yes! Once we've reached this point, there is only about five miles left before we get to the pilot station, so yes, it's the end of our voyage. As you can see, we started to gather all of our navigational equipment, then we'll put all the cables away in these bags, then, once we're a bit farther, we turn everything off and get ready for disembarkment on the pilot boat in Quebec. There will be a ship which picked up its pilot earlier and another which picks up its pilot at 1:20. So before we get there, there will be a pilot change on another ship. 055. —055! Half ahead please. —Half ahead. 050. —050. 050 set. —OK. 045. —045. 045. .... Kumano. Kumano.—08? —08. On eight? Yes Pierre, on eight. — You had a long night? No, it's not that. When I got on board I asked them to give me full maneuver and I told them there were alarms on the machine. Nothing serious, but I couldn't raise it yet. Perfect. Lower them, we'll wait for the tide. Great. Did you get to ride your motorcycle? —364 kilometers yesterday. — That's a nice ride. — I went alone around the area of Rivière-a-Pièrre and came back through Neuville. It was a nice ride. — Next time I go I'll give you a call. — Definitely. Next Wednesday or Thursday we're going to Sept-Îles. — I'll let you do that trip alone with your girlfriend though. — Next time, then. Pierre, have a safe trip. You're with the film crew? — Yes! — Hello! — 24 hours in the exciting life of Pierre Vallée. — I was with my wife when you came by, I said, "Look! It's Brad Pitt!" — Exactly! We never know where this can lead. Bye, safe journey. Thanks Pierre, safe journey too, see you later, bye. 025. Another motorcyclist? —Yes! He's a colleague with whom I was with for my last two voyages. He's a new motorcyclist, just got his license. His kids are a little bit older so he has more time on his hands. Slow ahead. —Slow ahead. To the right we can see the Ultramar refinery in Saint-Romuald, which has a pointed dock. There's a huge flare to the right. Can you see it? Quebec Traffic, Federal Kumano. Kumano, we're listening. Yes, sir... Thank you... Have a good night. Thank you very much, good night. Quebec... Voyageur. This is Voyageur. - - Have a good night. — Thanks, you too. Federal Kumano, this is the pilot ship. Pilot ship, this is Kumano. Since you're getting here with a film crew, we're going to get started a bit early. Perfect, I'm just getting to Saint-Romuald. Roger... Voyageur? Yes? I'm just bringing a film crew with me, after that we'll come get you. You're taking over for me? — Yes. Sounds good. Pilot ship, this is Kumano. Go ahead. Can you send the life jacket for the people aboard? — Roger. Half ahead. —Half ahead. 040. —040. The disembarkation process is the same as boarding. They'll send a life jacket, the first person gets off, takes off the life jacket at the bottom, gives it to the pilot ship's sailor, they send the life jacket back up for the second person, and we need to do this quickly because there's another pilot aboard who is going to board another ship. OK. So they do two trips with two pilots. — That's it. We're going to do two pilot changes in one trip. 040 set. —OK, thank you. They're going to turn on the bridge lights? — Yes. You can switch on the deck light whenever you're ready. —OK. Pilot Ship, this is Kumano, we'll be on the North side. OK, North side.

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2013
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 78
Posted by: globallives on Sep 30, 2013

Pierre guides the cargo ship Federal Kumano past the port of Quebec.

This is part of a 24-hour recording of a day in the life of Pierre Vallée, who works as a commercial ship pilot on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. This forms part of the Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience.

This video was produced by Karen Vanderborght, Catherine Genest, Rébecca Lavoie, Ariane Lorrain, Marianne Ploska, Patrick Pearce and Yanie Dupont-Hébert. 

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