Dramatic footage out of Canada may have viewers on edge, fear not what’s happening in this video is actually intentional. For those watching this giant barge tip until it looks like it will capsize is certainly a cause for concern. However it’s just a day in the life for these ships.
In actual fact this is how barges dump wood into the water in order to successfully get them to the local mill.
This is the most efficient ways to transport a large amount of lumber from the forest to the mill.
The barge in this video out of British Columbia, the Sea Span Phoenix, is intentionally tipped into the water on one side when the crew fills the vessel’s ballast tanks with water.
That water is then transferred to the part of the barge that’s known as the tipping tanks. The barge tips to one side allowing gravity to take charge: the barge tips so much that all the logs are dumped into the water in a matter of seconds.
The Sea Span Phoenix is truly a work of ingenuity: it can carry a load of 15,000 pounds. That’s the weight of around 700 logging trucks. Wow!
Once the logs hit the water, they float down to the shore, to be collected.
Take a look at the whole process in the video clip below:
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