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Alaska West Express Tests Extended Oil Changes

Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Alaska West Express truckAlaska West Express is testing an on-board oil filtration system on six of its tractors that is allowing the company to operate even more clean and green. The trucks can now run as many as 145,000 miles between oil changes, eliminating around 56 oil changes and saving 657 gallons of oil.

A six-micron filter removes debris from the oil and has a heating element to eliminate moisture. "The removal of moisture from the oil keeps the acidity of the oil in check and almost completely removes sludge," says Steve Nolan of Alaska West Express in Fairbanks. Rather than changing the oil every 25,000 miles, oil is tested and changed only when necessary which lowers maintenance costs.

Alaska Marine Lines has been using similar units to filter hydraulic fluid and oil on its equipment. "These units require a change in thinking from routine oil changes to sampling and changing based on actual need," says Les Candee, Equipment Maintenance and Procurement Manager at Alaska Marine Lines.  "It requires that sampling becomes part of the maintenance culture, as opposed to automatically draining and disposing of all fluids on a time-based program".

These maintenance programs are part of Lynden's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

 

Tags: Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, green Lynden, environmental efforts

Teamwork Builds Field of Dreams in Sitka

Posted on Tue, Feb 12, 2013

Moeller Field in Sitka, AKFor years, Sitka High School baseball coach Ed Conway tried without success to work out a plan that would restore his team’s eroding baseball and softball fields. So he went to his power lineup.

Ed tapped into the services of Alaska Marine Lines, Arrowhead Transfer and a handful of city and political administrators to help him build his field of dreams in Sitka this past summer. He recruited Senator Bert Steadman of Sitka and Representative Bill Thomas of Haines to aid his cause. The elected officials helped secure a $2 million state grant that brought the dream one step closer to realization.

He then worked with Arrowhead Transfer’s Vice President of Operations Paul Haavig and Alaska Marine Lines who reduced the shipping rate on 1.2 million pounds of freight to bring the materials from Seattle. Suddenly, the long-time dream became reality.

The final result was a newly carpeted baseball and softball field complex – Moeller Field – with a permanent Alaska Marine Lines logo imprinted on the turf as a show of appreciation from the high school. The fields will be used for Sitka high school baseball and softball, community little league teams and men’s and women’s community softball.

The new venue was officially dedicated in a ceremony on Alaska Day. Paul was in attendance with Steadman, Thomas, Alaska Marine Lines President Kevin Anderson, Arrowhead Transfer President Gordie Harang, Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell and approximately 75 others, many of them ballplayers and construction workers on the project.

“The whole community is excited about it,” Paul says. “Everyone had a part in making it happen.”

Tags: Sitka, Community Service, Baseball, barge service to Alaska, Arrowhead Transfer, Alaska Marine Lines

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