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My name is Christopher Cyr.
I’m the Chief Officer on the Coast Guard ship Terry Fox
and what we are about to see is a demonstration of our heavy lift capabilities.
We are going to load a 17 ton front end loader on board and then we are going to offload the 17 ton load.
So you may be wondering why, what makes the Terry Fox so special
well one of the things of course that makes the Terry Fox special is our heavy lift.
We have the biggest heavy lift in the Coast Guard and the main reason that we have this heavy lift
is because we do cargo work in the Arctic and we are required to lift some very heavy and awkward objects.
And therefore this heavy lift has provided us the ability to do that.
I joined the Canadian Coast Guard because when I was very young
and going to university I worked on a scallop dragon
and in 1981 the scallop dragon that I worked on was ramped by another vessel and we sank in 90 seconds.
I decided after that that if I was going to go to sea I would much prefer to go to sea on a large capable vessel
so that’s why I decided to join the Coast Guard.
The problem that we ran into when we attempted to put the front end loader on the ward was
that the crane had been extended and at a certain angle of course you don’t have the same working load
that you would have at other angles. How we solved the problem,
we used our fork lift and we hooked it on to the crane and we started the loader itself
and as we moved ahead with the loader and the forks lift the crane operator dropped the load
and we were able to put the load back on the dock.
The primary reason why I like working for the Coast Guard is the fluidity of my job.
I’m never in the same place doing the same thing at the same time
and I like the change that comes with the kind of job that I do.
Every day is a new day; every day is something interesting, something new to see, something new to do. My job is never the same.