Campbell Riverites were surprised to see three large cranes barged past the city on Oct. 5.
The cranes were visible from as far away as Oyster River last week. They made their way past the city’s waterfront and stopped at the Duncan Bay Port just north of Campbell River. On Friday morning, the cranes were still there, lined up at the Elk Falls Mill dock owned by Discovery LNG.
The three cranes have Port of Seattle logos. When contacted, Peter McGraw from the Port of Seattle explained that the cranes were sold to a third party “for scrap” as part of a facility upgrade. Three other cranes were transported from Seattle to Tacoma in August to be used in the Port of Tacoma. McGraw said he did not know who the third party was that had purchased the cranes.
The Amix group, a marine services company that operates a fleet of cranes and barges in the waters of the Pacific Northwest was identified as the company controlling the cranes. The Amix Marine Terminal is located at the Discovery Park industrial area, and they have vessels tied up at the same dock as the large cranes.
The Amix group confirmed that the cranes were purchased for scrap, and that the company would be dismantling them over the next few months.