Something old and something new is an apt description for this newly constructed parlor car perched atop Alaska Marine Lines’ containers in the Seattle yard. The cars are new but built to look like the vintage 1890s rolling stock original to the railroad when it began carrying miners from Skagway to the Klondike gold fields. It is one of three that Alaska Marine Lines barged from the Seattle dock to Skagway this spring to be used on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. According to Susan Ashton, Alaska Marine Lines Account Manager in Juneau, the cars routinely make an appearance on Alaska Marine Lines barges. “These were newly built at Hamilton Manufacturing in Sedro Woolley, WA for the railroad. The White Pass Railroad also sends the older parlor cars to Hamilton for refurbishing. We have been handling the careful transport of the cars from Alaska to Washington and back for many years now.”
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In keeping with Lynden’s commitment to give back to the communities where it does business, Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) Ltd., is providing assistance and support to a center for disabled children and orphans in Tari, Papua New Guinea. “We donated a computer to the Tari Disable Care Centre and plan to provide more support to this organization and others in the future,” says Greg Vaughan, Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) President.
In addition to this initial donation, Greg says Lynden will explore ways to provide support in logistics, equipment and even staff to the school in Tari “so that these less fortunate children are given equal opportunities and skills in their lives.”
Lynden also sponsored students from Tari this year at several educational training institutions in the country. Six students receive full tuition, accommodations and living allowances at the Institute of Business Studies (IBS) in Port Moresby while another student is being sponsored for training as an airport safety officer.
Lynden Air Cargo has been operating in Papua New Guinea for the past two years. The local community has already benefited from Lynden’s presence with spin-off economic and business opportunities and activities.
Lynden moves cargo from Nadzab Airport in Lae to Tari in the PNG Highlands. Air delivery is necessary due to the deteriorating condition of the Highlands Highway, mountainous terrain and to speed projects along. Lynden Air Cargo uses three of its Lockheed L-382 Hercules freighters to fly in machinery, equipment, parts, supplies, containers and other materials. Lynden has an office and maintenance base at Nadzab Airport and supports mining and petroleum projects in Papua New Guinea.
According to Greg, the Tari centre is located about a mile from the airport and Lynden’s office. “It consists of two grass huts with dirt floors that were built by the volunteer teachers,” he says. “The children and several teachers were there when I presented the computer,” he says. “I took these pictures that day. They were very appreciative.”
The Shorecrest High School Marching Band made its fifth trip to Ireland last March to play in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Lynden International played a supporting role by making sure that 76 instruments and 15 boxes of uniforms made it to Dublin with the students. The band includes 100 musicians accompanied by bagpipers and dancers and keeping track of all the musical “baggage” was a big job, according to Senior Account Manager Kevin Adderson.
“We were very aware that this was a special trip for the students, staff and parents,” he says. “They raised over $40,000 to go on the trip and the band was invited to play by the City of Dublin. Our Seattle team personally bought into the success of the project and knew it was a one-time shot. If we failed to get the instruments to Dublin on time, it would be a disaster for the school, the band, the parents and for the parade organizers.”
Kevin started working on the move last fall when he received a call from Jim Zatloukal with the Washington Cultural Exchange. He says the biggest challenge was advance planning and then keeping the instruments together for shipping. “We had trumpets, bagpipes and a lot of odd-sized freight. We had to pick up the instruments at the school and get everything neatly boxed up and palletized to prevent damage while keeping costs down for the school. Our warehouse crew in Seattle and Dublin did a great job.” Lynden also set up a special “carnet,” or merchandise passport, to simplify the international customs process and eliminate duty tax on the 101 pieces traveling from the U.S. to Ireland and back.
Approximately 101 pieces flew from Seattle to Prestwick Airport on a cargo plane and were then trucked from Prestwick Airport to Dublin Airport where they were processed and released to the band members. After the parade performance, the students stayed on in Dublin while the instruments and other pieces were repackaged by Lynden for the return flight.
“The uniforms and band equipment all arrived back at the high school ahead of schedule and in great shape,” says Marc McCartney of Shoreline Schools. Shorecrest’s bagpipe band makes it unique among American high schools. Marc reports that the group won three awards during their Ireland stay including Best International Band.
It’s become an annual tradition at Alaska Marine Lines’ warehouses in Seattle and Southeast Alaska: Thousands of cases of Girl Scout cookies arrive on pallets each spring ready to be sorted for distribution to local troops. Alaska Marine Lines has donated warehouse space, forklifts and volunteers to the organization for many years. In Alaska, the cookies are shipped to Ketchikan where they are unloaded in the warehouse and reorganized for distribution to 10 other locations. Each community receives palletized cookies, then coordinates with local troops for final distribution. In Seattle, 3,435 cases – that’s 41,220 boxes – of Thin Mints, Trefoils and other cookies were sorted in just three hours. Alaska Marine Lines Warehouse Manager Brett Beck gets up early on a Saturday morning to help each year. “I finish around noon,” he says, “and I usually get some free cookies out of the deal. But I always buy some too,” he is quick to add. “We appreciate Alaska Marine Lines letting us use their warehouse for the seventh year,” says Cheryl Brown, Girl Scouts Cookie Manager in West Seattle.
Above, minivans lined up for cookies at the Seattle warehouse.