‘It’s kind of like a video game, except you don’t get 3 lives,’ says
High above Halifax
Smallwood has operated gantry cranes for nearly two decades, lifting and lowering containers arriving at one of Canada’s busiest ports.
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‘Like a video game’
To get to work, Smallwood’s commute includes climbing two flights of steel stairs and squeezing into a single-person elevator
Smallwood looks straight down through the crane’s glass floor. With a joystick in each hand, he lifts and swings 25-tonne containers with the ease of grabbing a dime off the sidewalk.”It’s kind of like a video game, except you don’t get three lives,” said Smallwood.
Shipping containers rarely stop moving
When transitioning between those modes of transportation, efficiency is key. Crane operators like Smallwood work in shifts and continue day and night. By the time a container has been raised off a tractor-trailer and lowered into a ship, a different truck has rolled beneath the crane, ready for its container to be lifted.”Get the cargo off, get the cargo on, turn the ship around,” said Daniel Maher, Halterm’s assistant operations manager.
SOURCE: CBC News