It looks like an accident, but this is how they unload timber in Canada

Reddit user JM2845 recently shared this amazing GIF of a barge in British Columbia emptying a load of timber into the water in a most unusual way, by tilting at 3o-degrees and having its cargo tumble right off the side. Amazing.


Maybe this is commonplace amongst these kinds of barges, but it is certainly gasp-inducing to see a huge ship simply tilt so far to the side, as if a horrible disaster is taking place. The GIF is from this YouTube video, uploaded by user Vitaly Petrukhin:

Apparently the tilt is achieved through filling the ballast tank in a particular way. It's remarkable to look at, and probably really fun to be on the barge when it happens.

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For whatever reason this reminded me of a particular clip from my childhood:

Anyways, my dad is a logging engineer in BC. Beetween the age of 16-20 I worked summers as a firefighter and in a heli-logging drop area. Being a "chaser/coiler" is fun, especially when an S-64 Skycrane comes whipping down the mountain with massive timber. I can remember the line swinging past 45° when the pilot would pull up at the foot of the hill.