A Moving Experience
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
― W. Clement Stone
Sometimes you watch things that really impress you and make you wonder how did they do that?
Well, 𝐀𝐦𝐢𝐱 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 recently relocated 2 MGM container cranes from DP World Centerm to DP World Duke Point. DP World Centerm is at the port in Vancouver, South Shore Burrard Inlet and Centerm operates six gantry cranes on two berths, on-dock rail facilities and an advanced operating system that tracks a variety of containerized cargo in real time.
Those massive cranes that you see in the picture above, had to be precariously moved from the docks at the Port of Vancouver onto a barge, without tipping the barge into the ocean and in the process dumping the cranes into the ocean. That was the first piece of the puzzle. The next piece of the puzzle was to tow the cranes from Burrard Inlet through to the Lionsgate bridge, without causing any damage to the structure of the most important access to downtown Vancouver while being mindful of the other sea vessels and private boats. The next part of the puzzle was to get the cranes to the Duke point terminal. The last part of the puzzle was to get the cranes off the barge by ballasting the barge to get it level to the docks so the cranes could then be transported onto the docks where they would then be fully assembled as they had to be partially disassembled for the trip and to get them under the Lionsgate bridge. Holy, crap!!!! That would have kept me awake for more than a few nights before the trip had it been me having to do this. I guess this is just another job for Amix as per the short note below on their web site.
“After some disassembly at Centerm to reduce height in order to transit the Lions Gate Bridge, the cranes will now be reassembled in Nanaimo. Amix was proud to be working with partners, West Shore Constructors, Sea Business and Supreme Structural Transport on this challenging and exciting project”.
What really made this exciting for us to watch was the fact that the operator of the Tug that was to tow this massive load was none other than one of our sons, Josh Brown from little old Cedar in Nanaimo.
It made my wife and I so proud to know that all Josh’s hard work and dedication to getting his Captains certificate has not gone to waste and that Amix had the faith and confidence in Josh to call him in from holidays to do this job for them. We were thrilled to watch all this happening on CHEK TV and Global TV.
Below is a link from the news footage of the cranes being moved under the Lionsgate bridge. I have been over that bridge so many times when I lived in Vancouver and North Vancouver and it would have been wonderful to be standing on the bridge as this cruised through.
Hope you all have an AWESOME weekend!!!
Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo
#1-5140 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8
Office: (250) -751 – 1223