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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -22:00:00 - 22:29:59

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Zero, three, zero.-- Zero, three, zero, Sir. Zero, three, zero, Sir.-- Ok, very good!-- Zero, two, eight. -- Zero, two, eight, Sir.-- Zero, two, eight, Sir. -- Ok, thank you! --Ok.-- Zero, two, eight.-- Zero, two, eight. Zero, two, eight. --Zero, two, eight, thank you. Good job, young man, you did a good job.-- Thank you. We have two long stretches. Let's go have a look at... ... the captain's buffet. I am going to make myself a plate. It doesn't happen very often... ... that we are pampered like that. That's it. I should always come with you, what do you think about that? -- Yeah, it definitely has its benefits! It would compensate for the light. -- Hum! — Time for the lunch, now! —Pardon? — Time for the lunch, now. — Yes, sure! Thank you very much. Very appreciated. Eating while standing up for us, is not... something that... is rare. When we are piloting ...during meal times, well... ... we eat while piloting. — Is it a factory, here? It smells... — Oh yeah, there's a big factory, yes. — Oh yeah. — This is the time of the year where they spread the... ...the pig shit in the field. And it smells like it. — Yes... — It's terrible. — And you get it from both sides. — Yes, exactly. You get it from the North and from the South. Zero, one, eight. — Zero, one, eight. — Just when you're having dinner... — Yeah... — Yeah, ha ha ha! I will close the doors. Zero, one, eight.-- Ok, thank you.-- We'll keep it one, seven.-- One, seven. -- — Zero, one, seven. — Alright, thank you. Do you have a piece of scrap paper, mate? Oh, scrap paper. -- Scrap paper? -- Scrap paper. Alright, thank you. — You must try one of our sweets. Did you try them? — I try, it was excellent. — Did you try? — I won't try now, hehe. Yeah, you must try. -- I certainly will. I like Indian food a lot. — Like small pakhora, yes? Uh... Bachi? —Bhaji, bhaji. —Bhaji, bhaji, yes. Very good. -- Trafic Quebec, Federal Kumano. -- Federal Kumano, this is Trafic Quebec. Yes, Sir, descending towards Batiscan. Will be at Les Grondines at 22:50, two, two, five, zero. Estimated time... of change of pilot in Quebec: 1h40, zero, one, four, zero. -- Zero, one, four, zero, Quebec. Copy that. Thank you. So, there is a ship travelling upstream towards Grondines, Arctique, which is about to pass by. Okay, copy that Quebec. Thank you. Zero, two, five. -- Zero, two, five. Yes, hi Steve! This is Pierre Vallee from Federal Kumano. We will be in Quebec at 1:40. Zero, one, four, zero. Who's doing the replacement? Okay. Can you tell him that... we will change pilot there... a little bit more upstream than usual, if that's possible for him because there is a filming crew on board. And so... they need enough time to do that... slowly, not so fast. Yeah, that's right. So... -- Trafic Quebec. Arctique. Yes, that's it. -- Trafic Quebec. Over to you.-- Yes, good evening, sir. We are traveling upstream towards Grondines. We should be in Batican at 23:15, two, three, one, five. Copy that. Thank you. One ship going downstream to watch. Copy that. Thank you. -- Zero, three, seven.-- Zero, three, seven. A little bit after 1:30 for pilot change, Captain. -- Okay.-- I said 1:40 for the pilot. So, we are going to disembark at 1:40am. Your people will need to be there... at 1 o'clock, 1:10am latest. -- Okay. I already told them as soon as I heard we would be there at 1:45am. But, if all goes well, they should arrive there at midnight. Ah, okay, perfect. -- Zero, three, seven.-- the port of Quebec. -- Ah, okay. -- So, are we going to be in the same place that we saw? -- Yes, that's it. Okay, thank you. Zero, five, zero. -- Zero, five, zero. Zero, five, zero -- Okay, thank you. Zero, six, one. -- Zero, six, one. -- Trafic Quebec. Algonova. Algonova. This is Trafic Quebec. Next downstream is getting close. Thank you. Zero, six, one. -- Okay, thank you. Zero, five, five. -- Zero, five, five.-- Zero, five, five. -- Okay, very good.-- Zero, four, eight. -- Zero, four, eight.-- Zero, four, eight. -- Okay, thank you.-- Ocean Traverse Nord to Valencia Express. Valencia to Traverse Nord. Go ahead. We are travelling at around eleven and a half. Do we need to slow down? Negative. No need to slow down here. Keep going. Okay, thank you.

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2013
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 86
Posted by: globallives on Sep 30, 2013

Pierre guides a cargo ship on the St. Lawrence River at night. He gives instructions to the helmsman from the navigation bridge while eating some Indian snacks.

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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