Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, August 2019 –While many people are working below ground right now, there are also crews working above ground to build a new camp. Until that is finished, Vale workers are staying on a floating hotel in the bay.

“The ‘floatel’ was an idea we had when we were trying to assess what was the best way to deal with the increase in workforce while we were still building the new dormitories,” Zanon said.

The company considered several different options for accommodating workers, including flying them in and out of the work site each day. Most of the options created more risk than benefit, so they opted for a floating residence instead.

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