Next time you're surfing the web, thank the crew of the IT Intrepid.

The 115-metre vessel, currently docked in the Halifax harbour as part of its regular work, is responsible for laying thousands of kilometres of tiny fibre optic cables along the ocean floor — necessary to keep the internet running at full capacity.

Todd Nicolls, the ship's captain, said his company, IT International Telecom, installs and repairs cable around the world.

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It’s not easy to bury a cable in the bed of Lake Ontario with 48-kilometre-per-hour winds rocking the boat, but that’s what Crosslake Fibre Inc. had to deal with earlier this year on the final leg of its journey to build an ultra-fast, underwater route for Canadian internet traffic.

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