Photo Galleries Drones helping ship Voisey’s Bay ore through Labrador ice

A drone is operated by a technician near the bow of the Umiak 1 off the coast of Labrador recently.

A drone is operated by a technician near the bow of the Umiak 1 off the coast of Labrador recently. (Image courtesy Fednav)

The world’s most powerful ice-breaking freighter now has an even sharper edge.

The Umiak 1 is used to ship Voisey`s Bay ore from Labrador to Montreal. That means it must regularly steam through thick and treacherous ice this time of year.

Enter the age of unmanned, aerial vehicles, better known as drones.

“Of course, drones and UAVs are in the news all the time and we thought it would be a good possibility to give more information to the ship’s captain by being able to see further ahead,`said Thomas Paterson, a vice-president with Montreal-based Fednav, which bills itself as Canada’s largest ocean-going, dry-bulk shipping company.

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