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Giant windmill blades ride barge to Alaska

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Giant windmill blades ride Alaska Marine Lines bargeThese windmill blades, measuring 148 feet long, recently rode Alaska Marine Lines’ railbarge Fairbanks Provider from Seattle to Whittier. The customer has also chartered the Nana Provider barge to move the remaining blades to a wind farm project in remote Healy, Alaska. The blades will be used in turbine towers at the Eva Creek Wind Project.

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: barge, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska, oversize freight

Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) flies supplies and food to flood victims

Posted on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

PNG newspaperIn June of this year, more than 29,000 people in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea were affected by flooding caused by heavy rains. In the township of Daru, flood waters destroyed homes and gardens leaving the victims without food, water and shelter. Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) Ltd. provided a charter to fly rice and other emergency supplies to the people of Daru. “We flew from Port Moresby to Daru,” says Captain Chris Nichols.  “The people were very excited to see us come in. The locals unloaded the first half of the airplane by hand into trucks, then a fork lift showed up and we unloaded the rest.”  Martin Mose, Director of the National Disaster Management Office praised Lynden for its assistance to the people of Daru, and for its contribution to help the government and the nation recover from the disaster. It’s estimated that the people of Daru will have to depend on relief supplies for up to three months until they can grow their own food.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo PNG, Disaster Relief, Papua New Guinea, Daru

Lynden helps support Alaska's transportation history

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2012

Several recent news articles have highlighted Lynden's commitment to and support of Alaska's transportation past. We are proud of our roots and enjoy honoring our employees, past and present.


Lynden Transport displays historic tractor-trailer at Fairbanks event

Old 27, the truck that first carried goods over the Alaska Highway almost 60 years ago, was on display during an event at Lynden Transport's Peger Road facility.

 

Historic engine brought to Wasilla for restoration

The Jansen brothers and Engine 557 are resurrecting a nostalgic piece of the Last Frontier’s railroad history. Over the next year or more, the historic locomotive will be restored and put back into service, where it will haul passengers between Anchorage and Portage.

 

Steam Engine 557 on the move (Photos)

Photos of the old steam engine being transported to Wasilla for restoration.

Tags: Historic steam engine, Lynden History, Alaska trucking, Lynden Transport, Old 27

Lynden Transport voted #1 in 2012 Quest for Quality awards

Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Quest for Quality medallionLynden Transport was voted the top Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier in the Western Region in Logistics Management magazine's 29th annual Quest for Quality Awards. Lynden had the highest overall average in the entire regional category, and earned the No. 1 ranking in four of the five award criteria: performance, value, information technology and customer service. With this year's award, the company has now received 16 Quest for Quality Awards.  

"Being recognized as the top carrier in our region is exciting and gratifying especially since the Quest for Quality Awards are based on customer feedback and voting," says Jim Beck, Lynden Transport President. "We are in an increasingly competitive freight market where we are challenged each day to work smarter, safer and more efficiently than our competitors. We pride ourselves on providing customers with an outstanding experience, and this award is proof that we are succeeding."

Quest for Quality 2012 coverFor almost 30 years, Quest for Quality has been the transportation industry's premier benchmark study for customer satisfaction and performance excellence. Shippers grade carriers on customer service, on-time performance, value, equipment and operations and information technology during the previous year. This year, 4,709 logistics and supply chain decision-makers cast their votes for 127 providers of transportation and logistics services. According to editors at Logistics Management Magazine, "Being nimble, quick, and responsive to constantly changing customer demands has kept many of the nation's top regional LTL's alive over the past four years. The improved scores across the entire regional category signal that this year's Quest for Quality winners have come out of the Great Recession with a full head of steam."

Tags: Logistics Management magazine, Quest for Quality Award, Lynden Transport

Last-minute military move completed without a hitch

Posted on Tue, Aug 07, 2012

Military moveLynden Transport recently moved 14 vehicles from Fort Richardson to Fort Greely, AK, on short notice to support the training and deployment of a bomb disposal unit to Afghanistan. “We were contacted two days before the move was to take place and because of the short timeline, weights and dimensions couldn’t be verified. We were also dealing with road restrictions,” explains Michael Forsythe, Account Manager at Lynden Transport in Anchorage. “We enlisted the aid of our sister company Alaska West Express for two of the loads.”

On load-out day, the Lynden team discovered the weights and dimensions did not include the attachments on the vehicles. “This presented major challenges with weight restrictions,” Michael says. “We scrambled to get the correct equipment on very short notice, and Alaska West Express ended up round-tripping the team they sent down from Fairbanks. If it wasn’t for the experience and professionalism of the team we assembled, I doubt this could’ve been pulled off.”

Bomb disposal unit military move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Driver Brian Azmus with one of the loads.

Tags: shipping and project logistics, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport, Alaska

Lynden International launches enhanced ocean service to Puerto Rico

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2012

Lynden International Logo

Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, is offering an enhanced ocean product to support customers in Puerto Rico and in other retail markets. Lynden has served customers on the island since 1977 by consolidating freight in the U.S., then shipping, receiving and warehousing goods at its San Juan office.

“Lynden has always offered customers an ocean product, but it’s now a more defined service with a consistent schedule, faster transit times and a competitive price,” explains Juancarlos Cruz, District Manager in Puerto Rico. Two new Domestic Ocean Service center points have been added to Lynden’s existing Nashville consolidation point. Lynden also added a truck route twice a week from Los Angeles to Nashville to catch the twice-weekly sailing to San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Most other forwarders offer one only consolidation per week,” Cruz notes.

As part of the enhanced ocean service, Lynden’s online shipping and tracking tool, EZ Commerce, was also improved. When booking shipments through EZ Commerce, customers are now offered a domestic ocean option to move freight to a domestic port in Puerto Rico or Hawaii. This gives customers more flexibility when choosing a shipping mode and allows them to ship both priority and deferred using existing EZ Commerce draft and address book functions. The enhancements are a direct result of the growth in ocean shipping and Lynden’s commitment to streamline the process for customers.

“One of our fastest growing products is ocean less-than-container-load and full-container-load (LCL/FCL) services,” Cruz says. “This increase allows us to go to our ocean carriers and negotiate more competitive rates which can then be passed on to our customers.” Lynden’s facility in Carolina, Puerto Rico features a 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art warehouse with nine dock doors to receive customers’ freight for warehouse management or 3PL business opportunities. In addition to warehousing, Lynden offers reliable and affordable air and ocean services, customs brokerage and delivery throughout the island. Lynden’s fleet of four tractor-trailers and smaller trucks offer customers complete delivery coverage inside and outside the metro area. Lynden also provides retailers with white glove service for delivery of furniture and electronics including unwrapping, assembling and setting up merchandize inside customers’ homes.

Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: worldwide air and ocean forwarding,  international shipping, freight shipping and logistics, trade show shipping, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled and charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden International was voted top forwarder in the 2011 Quest for Quality Awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden, Puerto Rico, Ocean Service to Puerto Rico

From Alaska to Texas: Kyle Fisher named Lynden International District Manager in Dallas

Posted on Wed, Aug 01, 2012

Lynden International announced the promotion of Kyle Fisher to District Manager at the Dallas Service Center. Fisher will develop domestic and international business and manage sales and operations for the freight forwarding company.

A seven-year veteran of Lynden, Fisher was previously Service Center Manager at Lynden International's sister company, Lynden Transport, in Kenai, Alaska. In 2011, he was named to the "Top 40 under 40" list (page 18 of the PDF) of noteworthy young professionals in Alaska. Fisher was elected to the Soldotna City Council, served as the President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, the Vice President of the Kenai Watershed Forum and was Vice President of the Kenai Chapter of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

"We're excited to have Kyle on board in Dallas. This is a market with tremendous potential for oil and energy, and Kyle's background in Alaska fits well with our strategic direction there," says Dennis Mitchell, Lynden International Vice President Oil and Gas. "Kyle's experience at Lynden Transport will have a positive impact on our success in Dallas."

"I look forward to the opportunities the market holds for Lynden International in Dallas as well as getting to know the experienced staff," Fisher says.

Tags: Lynden International, Dallas, Kyle Fisher

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