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Alaska Marine Lines brings new school buses to Kenai Peninsula

Posted on Fri, Jan 12, 2018

School Buses on barge in Seattle.jpgStudents on the Kenai Peninsula are riding in style thanks to new Apple Bus Company buses delivered via Alaska Marine Lines. "We moved 88 buses from Seattle last Spring," explains Matt Jolly, Alaska Marine Lines Central Account Manager.

Apple Bus Company is a pupil transportation provider based in Missouri. Apple's 10-year contract with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is expected to save the school district around $1 million over the next decade compared to the previous contract with another vendor. The buses also feature improved heaters and safety signage.

The first batch of 10 buses were driven to Seattle and loaded at the Alaska Marine Lines Seattle terminal for the voyage to Whittier. School district drivers picked them up from there and drove to the bus barn in Soldotna. "We secured the buses on flats and put them up in the racks on the railbarge or loaded directly in the key if space was available," Matt explains.

Alaska Marine Lines also moved over 180 school buses the previous year for the Anchorage School District. "We are happy to support Alaska schools and students by moving the buses where they need to go," Matt says. "Wanema Arndt of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District even went to Whittier and watched our crew work one of the inbound barges."

Matt commended the operations crews in Seattle and Whittier for making exceptions for the bus deliveries. "Customers don't typically pick up freight in Whittier," he says. "We're not set up with customer service people there. It's a handful of operators and a mechanic essentially. It took a concerted effort to communicate between the Seattle terminal and Whittier pro numbers for each voyage so appropriate paperwork was on hand to properly deliver the buses. A big shout out to all of the operations people who made this happen."

Tags: Barge, Oversize shipping, Alaska Marine Lines, Shipping to Alaska

European shipment delivered in person

Posted on Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Moldova Sign.jpgAt Lynden, special handling can mean many things. In this case it involved a personal escort with special military clearance to accompany a shipment from Fort Dix, NJ to Moldova, a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe. "This particular project was a perfect fit for us," explains Daniel Gotham, Lynden International's Director of Business Development for Western Russia/CIS. "The customer, DCMA Hartford Defense Contracts Management Agency, is part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) shipping platform. Lynden Air Cargo is a CRAF carrier and Lynden International is Lynden Air Cargo's exclusive forwarding partner for all CRAF shipments through U.S. Transportation Command.

Lynden International QHSE Manager Gregg Bergstrom accompanied six pallets of cargo to Moldova for DCMA. "Our experience in shipping to U.S. military locations and points worldwide came into play for this project," Daniel says. Gregg learned about the project on a Thursday and needed to leave on Monday due to previous delays with paperwork and the original contracted escort.

"My first response was 'I've never heard of Moldova' followed by 'what can I do to help?'" he says. Gregg escorted the freight from Fort Dix to JFK Airport by truck then to Vienna by air. From Vienna, it was back to truck transport through Romania to the final destination in Moldova. "It was my first time escorting cargo. It was an interesting experience, and I'm glad I could help," he says.

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Capabilities

Alaska Marine Lines named Philanthropic Business of the Year

Posted on Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Kevin Anderson AML award in Juneau.jpgAlaska Marine Lines was honored as a 2017 Philanthropic Business of the Year by the Juneau Community Foundation this fall. Alaska Marine Lines has donated shipping services and financial assistance to Juneau charities for many years. The award was presented to Alaska Marine Lines President Kevin Anderson at the annual awards dinner in recognition for transportation services donated to the Juneau Housing First Collaborative project in Lemon Creek. The project is a 32-unit apartment facility for some of Juneau's most vulnerable residents. The building is monitored by social services staff that support the residents with behavioral health services, medical services, food, laundry, and a small library/learning center. "Alaska Marine Lines is grateful to the community of Juneau and the JCF. We are proud to continue our long history of providing essential transportation services to the region, and we are humbled by the award and recognition," Kevin says.

Tags: Community Service, Awards, Alaska Marine Lines

Brown Line earns prestigious EPA SmartWay High Performer Status

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Tulip field (red) with Brown Line truck.jpgBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, earned a SmartWay Transport Partner 'High Performer' Status ranking from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this month. Among the hundreds of fleets partnering with the EPA through SmartWay, Brown Line is among the select few that have earned SmartWay High Performer status for all performance metrics. 

According to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, just over 2 percent of all SmartWay carriers operate fleets so clean and efficient that they make the High Performer list. "These companies are a step ahead in meeting the challenges of sustainable goods movement and have achieved significant shipping and freight efficiencies that merit special attention," says Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. "Compared to their SmartWay peers, High Performer carriers drive cleaner, emit fewer pollutants and burn less fuel for every mile they travel and for every ton of freight they move."

Over the past seven years, Brown Line has decreased its idle hours by 87 percent, its Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by 43 percent, its Particulate Matter emissions (PM) by 52 percent and its Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions per ton mile by 27 percent. The company has also improved its mile per gallon (MPG) by 44 percent. "The Brown Line team is extremely proud of this award and this recognition. To be in the top 2 percent of all trucking companies is affirmation that our efforts to improve freight efficiency are paying off," says Brown Line President Bill Johansen. "We will continue to adopt programs and practices that improve productivity and reduce our carbon footprint on the road and in our operations."

Brown Line uses highly efficient engines, lightweight equipment with enhanced aerodynamics, automatic tire inflation systems and onboard computers to manage highway speed, progressive shifting, best routing options and idle times. Other efficiency measures include:

  • Cab design, with roof fairing, side skirts, integrated sleeper, and aerodynamic mirrors and bumper, reduces drag. Ultra-lightweight 53' trailers use side skirts and trailer tails.
  • Fleet includes 53-foot trailers with California Air Resources Board (CARB) complaint reefer units.
  • Team drivers and new high-efficiency plug-in electric refrigerated trailers minimize the need to idle the truck's engine. All reefers are electric.
  • Efficient engines – DT-12 Transmission Program, Carb Emission Certification-Clean Idle.
  • Gearing – DT-12, heavy duty 12-speed overdrive automated manual transmission increases miles per gallon.
  • All trucks and trailers use wide-base, low-rolling resistant single tires and have an automatic system to keep tires properly inflated for optimum fuel economy and to reduce tire wear.
  • PeopleNet tool is used to measure engine/driver performance in decreasing idle time and increasing miles per gallon with an average of 7.6 MPG for the entire fleet and an overall reduction in fuel use.  
  • Event Recorders are installed in all tractors to ensure improved safety and reduce cost.

Brown Line became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2010. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008, followed by LTI, Inc./Milky Way – a three-time winner of SmartWay's Excellence Award – and Alaska West Express in 2012.  

The EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today, the partnership consists of 3,000 companies representing a cross section of the freight supply chain.

Brown Line is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, barge service to Hawaii and Alaska, charter barges, worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Tags: Energy efficiency, Fuel efficiency, Awards, Green Initiative, Brown Line

Lynden selected as an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Trucker for 2017

Posted on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Top 49 luncheon - Jeanine St. John and Charles Bell of Alaska Business Monthly.jpgLynden was selected as an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Trucker for 2017. Lynden was selected out of 300 leaders in the trucking industry who submitted credentials. Lynden was also named a Top 49er in Alaska Business Monthly Magazine's annual ranking of Alaska companies. Lynden ranked fifth among all Alaska companies for providing jobs and services to keep Alaska's economy strong. Lynden Vice President Jeanine St. John is pictured with Charles Bell of Alaska Business Monthly.

Tags: Lynden, Awards

This move fit to a T

Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

20170915_071853_resized_1.jpgA 92-year old Tin Lizzie joins the wide array of noteworthy cargo to ride in the hold of a Lynden Air Cargo Hercules. The vintage Model T was discovered in the back of a warehouse in Nome, AK. The owners contacted Lynden recently to move it south to Anchorage. 

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo

Lynden drivers compete in National Truck Driving Championships

Posted on Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Truck Driving Championships - National - FL.jpg

Three Lynden drivers qualified for and participated in the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 9-12 in Orlando, FL. More than 400 drivers competed in the event which is a gathering of the best-of-the-best truckers from California to Maine. Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express took 15th place in the Sleeper Berth, Jack Sorensen of Lynden Transport placed 32nd in the Tank Truck category and Edward Tuia of Alaska West Express came in 41st in the five-axle.

Tags: Alaska West Express, Lynden employees, Lynden Transport, Drivers

Lynden Air Cargo answers the call for emergency aid

Posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Hurricane response - LAC with sandbags on tarmac.jpgLynden Air Cargo answered the call on Sept. 8 to mobilize relief flights for Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. "We began flights into the Caribbean on Sept. 17 once there was a clear identification of needs," explains Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. Lynden is currently under contract with Diplomat Freight Services (DFS) to provide continued air support for sites in the Caribbean.

"Logistics have been a challenge as there has been limited information on which airports are open and have uncontaminated fuel supplies," Rick says. "Some of the islands have completely lost power. Hotels have also been hard to find in some of these locations because they are still being used as shelters for families who cannot go back to their homes or sustained damage during the storms. We have also had to pause flying when Hurricanes Maria and Juan hit the Caribbean a second and third time – on occasion flying around the storms to get to any locations we could."

Lynden Air Cargo has been conducting flights through DFS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and other supporting agencies and governments to bring in food, water, trucks, fuel and other disaster response supplies. "We anticipate we will be flying continuously for quite some time – there is no indication that it will be slowing down any time soon," Rick says.

As of late September, Lynden aircraft have flown to the following locations based out of Curacao, Aruba and Miami: St. Martin, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Grand Turk Island and Providenciales Island (a part of the Caicos Islands). The company is especially grateful to their flight crew and flight operations staff who have performed admirably while working under constantly changing conditions with limited information.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

New tractors for LTI, Inc. and Milky Way drivers

Posted on Tue, Oct 03, 2017

LTI, Inc./Milky Way drivers are rolling down the road in new tractors this fall, the result of a large-scale major equipment acquisition. According to Dave Seaman, Director of Equipment and Maintenance, LTI invested in new power units this year which replaced some of the high-mileage tractors. "The new equipment is allowing us to lower our operating cost by LTI new equipment - Gene Stahl.jpgreducing maintenance and improving fuel economy while maintaining payload," he explains. "The new units also provide a much better driving experience for our employees." LTI, Inc. has purchased 74 2018 Kenworth T680 tractors, the same tractor that Lynden Transport Driver John Schank drove across the country to deliver the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2015.

As of early September, 16 new tractors were in service with another 58 to be delivered this fall. The allocation of new equipment is based on demand, according to Dave. "We relocate power units between terminals in an effort to improve utilization and customer service. Since our power units are each assigned to a terminal and activity, we basically do a direct replacement," he says.

LTI, Inc. Equipment Maintenance Manager Jerry Crisp in Sunnyside and the team at Kenworth Northwest in Yakima work together on new equipment "UPFIT" which includes installation of the milk pump box, Peoplenet system, Lynden green vinyl wrap/door decal and equipment numbers, etc. Jerry and his maintenance team, along with Jeff Harris of Sunnyside operations, test run each tractor prior to delivery to LTI, Inc. Service Centers. "Our goal is delivering each tractor ready to work," Dave explains. "This is a major task for all of LTI, Inc., including administration, operations, HSSE, maintenance and specifically the Sunnyside maintenance/operations teams as they continue with day to day operations and the beginning of our harvest season. They get this done while maintaining excellent customer service." Utilization is considered along with a life cycle target of 800,000 miles, although some units run close to 1 million miles prior to replacement. "Today's engines and emissions systems are very expensive to repair and replace so at LTI, Inc., we really don't want to overhaul engines nor replace emissions systems during the life cycle unless absolutely necessary," Jerry explains.

The allocation of LTI/Milky Way's used tractors is also carefully considered. "Our first priority is making sure we have a One Lynden approach regarding the disposal of an asset," Dave says. "Recently we have supported Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska Marine Trucking and Lynden Transport by transferring used tractors to each operation. We also sell direct, through a broker or auctions and we sometimes consider dealer trade-in values."

Milky Way Drivers like Gene Staal of Lynden, WA and Anthony Platas-Tremont of Moses Lake, WA are enjoying the new equipment. "The truck is very comfortable, rides smooth and quiet and has great visibility," Gene says. "This is a quality truck to match Milky Way's quality standards," Anthony adds. "There has been a noticeable mileage increase on my normal route."

Tags: LTI Inc., Fuel efficiency, Milky Way, Drivers

Lynden drivers clean up at Alaska, Washington competitions

Posted on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Truck Rodeo group shot 6-3-17.jpgCongratulations are in order for many Lynden drivers who competed in truck driving competitions in Alaska and Washington this spring. At the Alaska Trucking Association’s (ATA) annual truck rodeo in Anchorage, Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose was named overall champion for the second year followed by Eddie Tuia in second place. Eddie also took first place for Alaska West Express in the 5-axle van category with Doug Longerbone of Lynden Transport taking second place.
Other first-place finishers included Jack Sorensen in the Tanker and Brian in the Sleeper Divisions. Al Guettinger and John Schank took first and second places respectively in the Old Geezer category. John was also named 2017 Alaska Driver of the Year for the second time. Other Lynden drivers competing were: Randy Estrada, Lynden Transport, third in the flatbed category; James Elliott, Alaska West Express, tenth in the 5-axle; Greg Sims, Lynden Transport, eleventh in the 5-axle; Tanner Heisler, Lynden Transport, fifth in the 4-axle; Ray Sorenson, Lynden Transport, fifth in the 3-axle and Clayton Bonty, Lynden Transport, sixth in the flatbed division. Dan Jenkins of Lynden Transport competed in the Washington competition, placing fourth in the flatbed class.

"We are always proud of the drivers who come out to represent the Lynden companies," says Richard Hennagin, Lynden Transport Safety Supervisor. "They are up against the best in the business, which makes their top place finishes even more impressive."

Tags: Awards, Alaska West Express, Alaska Truck Driving Championships, Lynden Transport, Drivers

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