Spotlight on a steel unloading operation
A team of approximately thirty longshore workers are busy unloading a ship full of steel beams at the Bécancour industrial park and dock company facilities. This cargo is finicky and requires extra handling by port workers. First, employees descend into the ship’s holds and secure the beams with chains pulled by the onboard crane. Then, crane operators unload dozens of steel beams at a time and place them on the dock. A ground team receives this cargo and removes the pieces of wood between the beams. Lastly, a lift loads street trucks and they depart toward their destination.
A superintendent coordinates the operation like a conductor, ensuring that the holds are emptied at a steady pace, that the trucks circulate on the docks and that operations are carried out safely and professionally.
Each worker is vital to Quebec industries that rely on this merchandise to continue their operations.