Lift-in Crew Briefing

Lift-in will be on Saturday June 12. The cranes usually arrive around 7:30. We ask that everyone assigned to the lift-in crews arrive at 7:30 and report to their Lift Captain. In the parking lot the Lift Captain is Paul Watterworth. Mike Quinlan is the Lift Captain for the driveway.  The lift Captain will deliver a pre-job brief to everyone.

If all goes well, we should finish by 3:00, but our expectation is that the crews will remain until the lift-in is complete. If a member must leave the area for a bio break or to look after their boat, let the lift captain know.

We expect every member of the lift crew wear a safety vest (supplied) or other appropriate safety wear. Hard hats and safety shoes are optional. Masks worn properly are mandatory.

The regulations limit the number of people working in the area to five at any time. We should be able to maintain this number provided follow the process below.

The crane crew consists of the crane signal person, the lift captain, four sling people and two tag line people. For most of the time, we should be able to keep everyone six feet apart. The lift process is as follows:

  1. When the crane swings the slings to the boat, the sling crew enters the area. The slings are placed on the boat. The locations will be marked with green masking tape by the owner. One person will be on each side of the boat on each sling. When the slings are in place, the crane will tighten the slings. It may be necessary to hook up the slings or pull them under the boat and connect them. Be careful not to have fingers or hands between the sling and the boat. Once the slings are tight, remove the green masking tape and exit the area. If someone other than the lift crew comes near, drop everything and leave the area.
  2. The crane will lift the boat off the cradle once the tag lines are manned and the area is clear of everyone except the crane helper, the lift captain and the tag line people.
  3. The boat will be lifted to the water. In the parking lot there will be two people at the water to undo the slings. In the driveway and the north wall, the tag line people and perhaps the sling crew people if necessary will keep the boat clear of obstructions.
  4. The tag lines will be used to move the boat out of the way if necessary and tie the boat up.
  5. Once the boat is tied up and the crane crew is clear the owner may enter the area and take their boat away.

The Lift Captain may give different instruction as necessary.

Lift-in – Information for Owners

Lift-in will take place on Saturday June 12 starting at 8:00 or perhaps a few minutes earlier. There will be two cranes and two lift crews.

The first crane will begin in the parking lot starting with the Mysis and Sapphire then launching the boats within 40 feet of the crane pad. When space permits in the launch area, boats on trailers will be fitted in with the boats on cradles. The Lift Captain will be Paul Watterworth.

The second crane will begin on the driveway, work its way down the driveway to the bridge. It will then move to the north wall and lift in the boats there, starting at the west end and moving towards the lighthouse. The lift Captain will be Mike Quinlan.

Safety is the number one priority. We don’t want anyone hurt. The boats we are lifting are heavy and they tend to swing as they are lifted off the cradles. There are plenty of pinch points that could take off fingers or worst, crush someone under the boat or between two boats.

In spite of what was said at the AGM, boat owners are not permitted in the lift area. Please mark the location of the slings on your boat – in advance – by placing strips of green masking tape at the water line. The sling crew will remove the tape once the slings are located. If tape is not placed, the lift captain will determine where the slings go.

For Covid reasons, the lift crew will walk away from anyone who is not a member of the crew. Obviously, the slings will not be placed. The crane will not lift the boat from the cradle until the lift area is clear of everyone except the crane helper and the people on tag lines. If someone walks into the lift area, the lift will stop.

If your boat has the mast installed, the backstay and boom must be removed in advance. You may have a halyard attached to the deck behind the mast a few feet from the back of the mast.

The lift is billed based on travel and set-up time and lift time. The travel and setup time is billed equally to everyone. The lift time is billed to the boat owner from the time the slings start to go on the boat to the time the slings are off. If the owner or someone delegated by the owner is not present, the boat will not be lifted. The time the crane spends waiting, will be billed as lift time. If it becomes clear the owner is not coming, the boat will be lifted out of the way if possible at the owners expense.

There will not be food supplied. There will be a short break for lunch for the crane drivers and lift crews at a convenient time.

Kincardine OPP Marine Unit

The Boat: The vessel used by the South Bruce OPP Detachment is a 32’ (35’ LOA) Wielded Aluminum Patrol Craft built by Hike Metal of Wheatley Ontario in 2002.  This particular boat has been dubbed the HH Graham II, and is designated as a launch based on its characteristics.  Launches are vessels over 26’ in length and/or have twin engines. The “Graham” has two Volvo D4 Diesel engines producing 260 hp each. Each engine drives a Volvo duo-prop outdrive meaning each drive has 2 contra-rotating propellers, making for a very efficient drive system.  The “Graham” also has a 10.5 kw Westerbeke Diesel Generator supplying electrical power for lights, heat and kitchen facilities while out at sea.  The “Graham” is equipped with a fridge, stove and microwave as well as a marine head (toilet) allowing the vessel to remain at sea working for extended periods of time, while looking after the needs of the crew.  The “Graham” is also equipped with radar, chart-plotter, depth sounder and VHF and Police radios, as well as traditional navigational equipment such as compass, charts and charting instruments and range and bearing tools.  The Graham also has powerful mounted and hand-held spot lights and a night vision monocular for searches at night.

The Unit: The South Bruce Marine Unit is comprised of OPP officers specially trained in Marine Operations.  All OPP vessels are considered commercial vessels therefore crew must be trained to Transport Canada qualifications for the size and type of vessel being operated. There are two levels of Marine Operator within the OPP- Basic Marine operators who undergo a rigorous 2 week training program in vessel handling, seamanship, basic navigation and search and rescue.  Successful completion of the Basic Marine course means the officers will be issued with Transport Canada SVOP (Small Vessel Operations) and MED A3 (Marine Emergency Duties- level A3) certificates.  This will allow operators to control vessels designated as skiffs- less than 26’ in length with a single engine, and to crew on launches during daylight hours in favorable conditions. To become a Launch Operator, officers must attend another 3 weeks of training including more advanced navigation, seamanship and vessel handling including handling twin engine vessels, search and rescue and vessel maintenance.  Successful officers will be issued a Transport Canada Limited Master’s certificate, allowing them to command the launch in all conditions and times.  Many South Bruce marine officers have taken the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue course as well as other marine and boating courses on top of their OPP training. The “Graham” requires a minimum of one Launch Operator to command and pilot the vessel and one Basic Operator to crew the vessel during daylight patrol in favorable conditions, and two Launch Operators at night or in adverse conditions or during Search and Rescue operations.  Launch Operators are also entrusted to do routine engine and system maintenance of the vessel. The OPP have a full time Marine Mechanic on staff to handle more complex maintenance and repair.

The Mission: The mission of all OPP Marine Units is to patrol the designated waterways assigned to the unit; their primary responsibility being enforcement of the Criminal Code and Canada Shipping Act- Small Vessel Regulations.  Secondary duties include Search and Rescue and assistance and support to marine activities on or near the water, and other duties as assigned.  The South Bruce Marine Unit and the “Graham” are assigned to patrol the waters of Lake Huron from Grand Bend to Tobermory and from the shoreline to the international border.  The placement of the “Graham” in Kincardine puts the vessel’s home port approximately half way between its north and south patrol borders.

The Canada Shipping Act authorizes Police Officers to stop, board and inspect all Small Vessels (Pleasure Craft) and to demand the assistance of the operators of said craft in completing these inspections.  Police are generally looking to ensure that operators of pleasure craft have proof of competency to operate the vessel (Pleasure Craft Operator Card or other proof of competency), that the vessel is properly licensed and, most importantly that all required equipment is on board, readily accessible and in good working order, and that the vessel is being operated in a safe manner.  Police may also investigate impaired or “over 80” operation of vessels, and/or violations of the Liquor License Act including having open alcohol on board a vessel without the proper requirements being met, or improperly storing unopened alcohol on a vessel.  Police may investigate other criminal offences in which a vessel may be used, such as offences against the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or other crimes. Police Officers of the OPP are also designated Conservation Officers and may investigate and enforce offences against Ontario’s conservation laws.

If you see us in port, please come by and speak with us.  We love to answer your questions or provide advice or an inspection of your vessel to ensure you are compliant with current regulations, before heading out on the water.