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Lynden International sends classics across the pond

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Gas tank drained. Check. Battery cables tied back. Check. Original Bill of Sale and shipper photo ID. Check.

After 18 years at Lynden International and countless global shipments, International Agent Colleen Delaney knows what is needed to ship just about anything overseas. Automobiles have become her specialty over the past few years as she handles the safe ocean transport of vintage automobiles from the U.S. to the U.K. for London-based American Legends, LLC. “We don’t typically ship vehicles, due to the extensive paperwork and customs requirements, but we will handle this type of shipment for customers who approach us with these special requests,” she says. So far, Colleen has handled the transport of Corvettes, Mustangs, Ferraris, a 1965 Buick Riviera and she is preparing to ship over a Trans-Am from the Smokey and the Bandit film and a replica of the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.

When it comes to loading and securing the valuable automobiles into containers Lynden turns to trusted partner SeaPac Transportation Services of Seattle. “We use SeaPac for all our ‘special needs and delicate handling’ FCL shipments,” Colleen says. President Paul Kimball was Lynden Transport’s Vice President of Administration in the 1970s and understands the Lynden brand of customer service and excellence. In addition to cars, engines and other specialty parts are palletized and shipped via ocean for the company. “SeaPac is the best of the beColleen__Jack_best_pic.jpgst in this area. We won’t partner with just any company – we require top notch service to keep our customers happy,” Colleen explains.

The export of vehicles requires an extensive amount of paperwork. The original title and Bill of Sale is required by customs to prevent stolen freight. Customs filing must also be presented 72 hours prior to the sailing of the vessel so that the vehicle is available for inspection by customs if they so choose. “Lynden International offers this premium service at reasonable prices compared to other forwarders,” Colleen says.

Most of the classics that Lynden ships for American Legends are headed to auctions in London or are sold to car collectors throughout Europe.

Tags: Lynden International, international shipping, Lynden, Lynden Transport

New marine safety system launched

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016

Safety_Management_System_training.jpgExecutive management from Naknek Barge Lines, Bering Marine Corporation and Alaska Marine Lines met in Seattle earlier this year for the first training session to launch the joint Marine Safety Management System (SMS).  They were joined by Jim Maltby, Lynden Director of HSSE, and Rheagan Sparks, Lynden’s Marine Risk Manager.  Their objective: to educate participants about the internal audit processes within the SMS and to prepare them to conduct field audits aboard Lynden vessels during the 2016 operating season.

The first day of the training, led by Lynden Consultant Dione Lee of QSE Solutions, consisted of classroom learning and goal identification.  Participants took their newfound skills into the field on day two by conducting mock vessel audits aboard the Naknek tugboats Crosspoint and Polar Wind (see photo).  The group took turns in the roles of auditor and crew.

 Implementation of a formal Safety Management System is a growing trend in the maritime industry, according to Rheagan. “Since the acquisition of Northland Services in 2013, the three primary Lynden maritime companies have been working to consolidate their pre-existing procedures into a more coordinated format,” she says. “The SMS allows the companies to standardize and document their procedures.  This is part of a continually evolving process of improvement that reduces the likelihood of accidents and promotes a culture of safety.”  The new SMS system is endorsed by Lynden’s maritime liability insurer, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, positioning Lynden as an elite operator within the maritime industry.

 Captains from Naknek, Bering Marine and Western Towboat Company gave positive feedback about the January training.  “The SMS manual mostly reflects what we already do, but now it’s documented and accessible for everyone,” says Tim Kinkopf, Naknek General Manager. Future training sessions for vessel crews are scheduled later this year.

Tags: Bering Marine Corporation, Alaska Marine Lines, Safety, HSSE

New barge ramps in Ketchikan, Petersburg

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2016

After 30 years of service, Alaska Marine Lines’ Ketchikan barge ramp has moved to Petersburg. In its place is a new port cargo ramp constructed by Western Towboat. “We are excited to have a new ramp in Ketchikan and also happy to provide Petersburg with the first cargo ramp ever installed at that port,” says Southeast Alaska Marine Operations Manager Ricky Morgan. Removing the old ramp and installing the new one was a two-week process and included seven days of repairing and repainting the existing floatation tank system.New_barge_ramp_-_AML_Ketchikan.jpg

Both ramps are 120 feet long and 24 feet wide. The Ketchikan ramp operates by an onshore air supply system which supplies air to a flotation tank bolted to the ramp. The beach end pivots at the abutment connection. “The new ramp has a refined and stronger barge end transition design,” Ricky explains. “The old design put the ramp surface about 16 inches above the barge deck when the ramp was set in place on the barge. This required an additional wedge transition piece to be set in place to allow forklift access.” The new design has closed that gap to only 4 inches and it features a small transition plate, fixed to the end of the ramp by a hinge.

Petersburg’s ramp project was completed in April. The Petersburg crew is working on repairs and fabricating modifications to change it from a flotation support to an A-frame design. The ramp will also be sandblasted and painted.

According to Ricky, the Petersburg operation has been a “pass/pass” operation for many years. “With the cargo ramp installation, we have to reconfigure the dock face pilings and install a pedestal and electrical system for the A-frame.” A large concrete abutment must also be installed to anchor the ramp into the beach. “Having a fully operational cargo ramp in Petersburg should greatly increase productivity and operational efficiencies,” he says.

Ricky recognized the Ketchikan and Petersburg operations groups for their assistance with the project as well as Western Towboat for fabrication of the new ramp and A-frame. He also commended the Ocean Navigator Crew for their assistance with transporting both ramps to their new homes. “Special thanks to Gary Peterson, Rick McKinley, Rex Mansfield and Tom Sheehan, our expert team of crane operators, who executed safe precision while removing and installing the extremely heavy ramp system in Ketchikan,” he added. “And to Gordon Lindblad, who orchestrated every detail of this project, from start to finish, safely and efficiently.”

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, barge service, Alaska, Ketchikan, Petersburg

Lynden celebrates 10th anniversary of Pogo Mine and ongoing partnership

Posted on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

This spring, Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express celebrated 10 years of doing business with the Pogo Gold Mine near Fairbanks. To commemorate both the mine’s anniversary and the ongoing business relationship, Fairbanks Sales Manager Ken Hall presented External Affairs Manager Lorna Shaw and General Manager Chris Kennedy wPogo_mine_-_Lynden_emp.jpgith a plaque at the mine headquarters office in Delta Junction.

Pogo Mine is one of Lynden’s largest customers in Fairbanks and the partnership goes way back – pre-dating this year’s 10th anniversary. Exploration at the Pogo Mine began in 1990 and gold deposits were discovered in 1994. During the mine construction in 2005 and 2006, Lynden companies were an integral part of the construction effort. Prior to completion of the all-season road, Alaska West Express Project Manager Steve Willford, Al Guettinger and a crew of drivers were based in a small office near Delta Junction to coordinate the movement of building materials and supplies over the winter ice road to the mine site. Alaska West employees worked long days receiving inbound freight and consolidating loads to be positioned at the Quartz Lake staging area. Each morning the staged loads would be dispatched to move via the ice road to the mine site. This allowed the mine to receive supplies to support construction until the all-season road was opened.

Today, Lynden Transport collects freight and consolidates loads at its Fairbanks Service Center for twice weekly delivery to the mine (see above). Alaska West Express handles the heavy hauls and Alaska Marine Lines also handles barge needs from time to time. “It’s soup to nuts,” Ken says of the freight. “Alaska West Express hauls fuel, cement and heavy hauls and we move tires and other cargo. We also move freight for the companies supporting Pogo Mine like Redpath and water treatment and engineering companies. We make ourselves available for whatever is needed to support the mine’s 24-hour operation and 320 employees.”

Pogo Mine is located 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction. Access to the mine is via a 49-mile all-season road on the Richardson Highway. As Lynden drivers make their way up the narrow haul road, they check in at regular milepost intervals to assure safety and speed requirements are met. “We are not in a convenient location. The road narrows to one lane in some areas requiring radio communication and coordination,” Lorna explains. “We really appreciate Lynden’s dependable drivers and commitment to safety." 

The Pogo Mine has produced 3.1 million ounces of gold and is considered an example of mining done right. “Our success has been possible because of Lynden’s ongoing support,” Chris says. “They have been our partners from the early days and even before. We have had only one air shipment in the history of the mine. Everything else we need has been trucked in primarily by Lynden companies. We know we can rely on the friendly, day-in and day-out service Lynden provides.”

Tags: Lynden, Pogo Mine

Four-year refinery project completed in Canada

Posted on Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Over the past four years, approximately 14,000 shipments from all over the world arrived in Alberta, Canada for the construction of a bitumen refinery near the Kearl oil sands. Lynden International, Lynden Canada Co. and Canadian Lynden Transport provided support and logistics to engineering firm AMEC for the refinery project which included 12 Lynden employees in Edmonton and Calgary.

“The last four truckloads were delivered in late March, but over the past few years we moved everything from small packages to heaters weighing 150,000 pounds,” says Walter Rakiewich, Canadian Lynden Transport President.  The Lynden companies provided international freight forwarding, warehousing, just-in-time shipping and truck transportation from Calgary to the refinery site 70 miles outside Fort McMurray.  Most of the project was based at the Foster’s Wheeler’s Construction Staging Area (CSA) facility in Northern Alberta.  Freight came from all over the world via air, truck, rail and ship, all coordinated by Lynden International.

“I’ve never been involved in a project of this complexity and size and it was a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of employees to work with,” Walter says.  The project also affected the Canadian Lynden Transport crew as trucks were needed to haul  truckload, less-than-truckload and heavy haul loads. Walter singled out Dispatcher Deanna Benson as key to keeping things running smoothly during the busy project years.

AMEC_laydown_yard-Alberta_Canada.jpgLynden’s adaptability was a huge plus, according to Steve Foster, CSA Manager at Foster Wheeler. “Lynden provided great service to AMEC. Our ability to meet the contractors’ requirements was solely based on the excellent service provided by Lynden personnel at this facility.” He specifically noted Lynden’s ability to mobilize when priorities changed, the availability of trailers and other equipment and the availability of a dedicated driver to assist when the changes hit.

“After working on several of these projects in my career, this one stood out as the most successful because we had buy-in from the entire team on safety and service. That leads to success for both companies.”

In 2014, Lynden was selected from all of AMEC’s global business units as a recipient of the Beyond Zero Outstanding Achievement award for working 100,000 hours accident-free.  Lynden Administrative Assistant Candice Fox also received an award for exceptional dedication to the CSA team (see photo below).

With an established Canadian presence through Lynden Canada Co. and Canadian Lynden Transport, Lynden is ready to continue its support of Canada’s oil industry. “I think we all feel a great sense of accomplishment with the way this project turned out and great pride in our employees who made it a success,” says Randy Jackson, Lynden International Vice President.

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden, AMEC Construction, Canada, Lynden Canada Co., Canadian Lynden Transport

Lynden International appoints John Kaloper President

Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2015

John KaloperLynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, announces the appointment of John Kaloper as President. Kaloper succeeds David Richardson who retired Nov. 30 after 35 years with Lynden.

Kaloper began his career with Lynden International in 1984 as an account executive in the Seattle office. Over his 32 years with the company, John has served as district sales manager, regional manager, regional vice president and, most recently, Vice President of the company's America Division. His career has taken him on projects throughout Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia.

"John's three decades with the company, and his many leadership roles along the way, will serve him well as president," says Lynden Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex McKallor. "With his broad knowledge of both operations and sales, I am confident that he will continue to position Lynden International as a leader in the freight forwarding industry and ensure outstanding service to its customers."

Kaloper is a graduate of Central Washington University where he earned a degree in finance and business administration. Lynden International is part of the Lynden family of companies.

Tags: Lynden International, John Kaloper

Brown Line service inspires Chuckanut Bay Foods to create Vendor of the Year Award

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Chuckanut Bay LogoBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, was selected as the first Vendor of the Year by Chuckanut Bay Foods of Ferndale, WA. The family owned and operated boutique bakery features homegrown ingredients in its cheesecakes and other products. Brown Line provides truck transport of 180,000 pounds of Chuckanut’s temperature-sensitive cheesecake each month plus butter and cream cheese to grocery stores and food service companies in the Western U.S. and Canada.

Brown Line truck in tulip field“Brown Line’s exceptional level of service inspired Chuckanut Bay Foods to create a Vendor of the Year Award to recognize our partners for outstanding performance,” says Jenn Elmore, Sales Administrator. “We have consistently been impressed by the can-do attitude, quick response and support we receive daily from the entire Brown Line team. We decided to use this benchmark of service to begin recognizing others with the award each year.”

“The Brown Line team is honored to be selected as Chuckanut Bay Foods first Vendor of the Year. We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with Chuckanut Bay Foods since 2011 and look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success,” says Brown Line President Bill Johansen.

Brown Line is part of the Lynden family of companies.

Tags: Brown Line, Chuckanut Bay Foods, Vendor of the Year Award

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes Special Appearance in Seattle on Nov. 7

Posted on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes Special Appearance in Seattle on Nov. 7
“People’s Tree” Visits Lake Union Park on Historic Journey from Alaska to Washington D.C.

For more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors is bringing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season, involving more than 10 communities along the way, including an appearance at Lake Union Park near the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree pulled by Lynden Transport truck(photo courtesy http://www.trackthetree.com/)

The tree was cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska, and prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. The tree left the Chugach National Forest driven by Lynden Transport’s nationally recognized driver John Schank and followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Fifteen community celebrations are being planned throughout the tour, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

Kenworth Trucks and Lynden Transport are two area-based sponsors supporting the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative. A specially decaled Kenworth T680 will transport this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across the country with Lynden’s John Schank at the wheel. A 1924 Kenworth truck built at the company's first assembly plant in Seattle is on special loan from PACCAR and is on display at (MOHAI).Kenworth truck - U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The Nov. 7 festivities in Seattle will include the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on display, the debut of the Kenworth T680 and Christmas-themed truck wrap, Lynden Transport’s 1954 truck museum, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Choose Outdoors, Smokey Bear and Sasha Salmon, and special performance by Alaska band, Blackwater Railroad. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. Attendees are encouraged to visit MOHAI following the event. “We are honored to be a part of this historic project,” says Paul Grimaldi, Lynden Transport President. “There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank who has logged 37 years and 5 million miles on the road accident-free.”

Schank was recognized as the 2014 Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) and received a letter of commendation from former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell for 37 years of accident-free driving over the treacherous Dalton Highway linking Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Schank has logged 5 million miles on the highway – more than any other driver in history.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Lynden Transport is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

Associated costs are paid for in part by the U.S. Forest Service, while costs for the tree's transportation and special events are covered by in-kind services and donations from major 2015 supporters Lynden Transport, Shell, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and more.

For more information on the Seattle tour stop, visit www.mohai.org. For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com.

Tags: Community Service, John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

LTI, Inc. receives third consecutive EPA SmartWay Excellence Award

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

SmartWay logoLTI, Inc. and its Milky Way division received a third consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA awards recognize the top one percent of SmartWay partners for superior environmental performance and leadership. LTI, Inc. earned a top score in the Tanker Fleet Category based on its exceptional fuel economy, payload, idle time and modern emissions equipment.

"We are extremely proud to receive a third Excellence Award from the EPA. Our entire team deserves credit for maintaining our high standards of productivity, efficiency and environmental stewardship," says LTI, Inc. President Jason Jansen. "We will continue our efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions while serving our customers."

Milky WayLTI, Inc. was one of 39 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's nearly 3,000 Partners. The carrier awardees were honored at American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today.

"EPA is pleased to honor these SmartWay Partners with a 2015 Excellence Award," said Chris Grundler, Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "SmartWay carriers work diligently to bring our families the goods we need each day, while contributing to a healthier, more sustainable future for our children."

LTI, Inc. specializes in the transport of liquid and dry bulk commodities, and its Milky Way division is a leading bulk milk hauler in the Pacific Northwest. The company uses the most efficient engines available, lightweight equipment with enhanced aerodynamics, automatic tire inflation systems and onboard computers to manage highway speed, progressive shifting, best routing options and idle times. Drivers are trained on these systems to better understand the impacts and effects while driving.

EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing environmental impacts. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 144.3 million barrels of oil and $20.6 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay's clean air achievements (61.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,070,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 43,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.

LTI, Inc./Milky Way became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2010. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008, and Lynden companies Brown Line, LLC and Alaska West Express are also members.

Tags: LTI Inc., green Lynden, SmartWay certification, Milky Way, environmental efforts

Lynden Transport Driver John Schank to Drive the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

John SchankFor more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season with the help of Lynden Transport and its nationally recognized driver John Schank. This is the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska.

The tree will be cut on Oct. 27 and begin its journey with a community celebration in Seward, Alaska before it is prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. With great fanfare, driver John Schank will leave the Chugach National Forest with the tree followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Two community celebrations will take place in Anchorage at Cabela’s on Oct. 30 and Trick or Treat Street on Oct. 31.

The tree will then be loaded onto a Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) ship for the journey to Seattle. The Seattle celebration and tour kickoff will take place at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Sat., Nov. 7. Schank will drive the tree to the event before heading east on the first leg of the Lower 48 tour. Community celebrations are being planned along the way, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

“There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “Lynden is an Alaska-based company and our roots run deep in the state. We are proud to be entrusted with the delivery of the national Christmas tree and delighted to support the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour which provides communities with the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season. John will do a great job – just as he does every day he drives for Lynden.”

Schank was recognized as the 2014 Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) and received a letter of commendation from former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell for 37 years of accident-free driving over the treacherous Dalton Highway linking Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Schank has logged 5 million miles on the highway – more than any other driver in history.

Lynden Transport is a major sponsor of the project along with in-kind services, donations and overall support both locally and nationwide from Shell Oil, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and others.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Lynden Transport is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com and on www.facebook.com/USCapitolChristmasTree.

Tags: Community Service, John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

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