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Lynden handles critical samples for Ebola vaccine

Posted on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Phil Maxson with map.jpgPhil Maxson recently returned from the EBOVAC-Salone Labs at Kambia District Hospital in West Africa. That's where Lynden's customer, Clinical RM, is working on a clinical trial of Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus species.

Lynden International has been assisting government and non-government organizations with transportation and logistics in West Africa since the Ebola crisis in 2014. "This particular project involves Lynden transporting human blood samples from the clinical trial to the U.S. and Europe for testing," explains Phil, Lynden International's Director of International Operations.

Due to the difficulty in keeping the samples frozen and stable during the long transport back to the U.S., Lynden is using Liquid Nitrogen Dry (LN2) shipping containers to maintain a temperature of minus 150C for up to 10 days. The containers are more commonly known as 'dewars.'

Sierra Leone lab team.jpg"Each LN2 Shipper can accommodate up to 405 2ml vials, and is equipped with a GPS-temperature sensor so at any time, (except when on an aircraft in the air), we can monitor the temperature and see exactly where the unit is anywhere in the world," Phil says. "First we ship the charged, but empty containers into Sierra Leone and then deliver them to the laboratory which is about three and a half hours from Freetown, Sierra Leon's capital city."

Once the lab has loaded all the samples into the special canister containers (see photo at right), Lynden handles the shipping of the units to various labs located in the U.S. and Europe.

Lynden International handles the transportation of over 400 shipments per year into and out of Africa for various organizations; many of these are temperature-controlled products requiring specialized handling.

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Air freight

No space? No problem. Lynden secures flight for urgent shipment

Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Lynden International Account Executive Nanci Ruese and International Manager Colleen Fort averted a crisis for a mining customer last year when a scheduled flight to move oversized magnetic separators from Birmingham, U.K. to Vancouver, B.C. stalled. The flight was overbooked and suddenly there was no space available to the shipper.

Nanci Ruese with oversized drums in Seattle warehouse(web) resized 600“Three huge drums needed to go to a manufacturing plant in Vancouver for customization and then on to the mine in Platinum, AK,” explains Colleen. “The mine was shut down waiting for these parts.” Nanci and Colleen “beat the bushes” to find another flight and the drums were soon on their way to Seattle. “Talk about heavy,” Nanci says of the 81,000-pound load, “even the forklifts were complaining!”   

From Seattle, the drums moved to B.C. via truck and on to the mine in Alaska after customization. “We actually feel our clients’ pain in these situations,” says Colleen. “Forwarders can step in and protect shippers’ interests, and we were happy to do so in this case.”

Photo: Lynden International Account Executive Nanci Ruese is dwarfed by the crate containing 81,000 pound magnetic separators bound for a mine in Alaska.

 

Tags: Lynden International, Air freight, Oversize freight

AirCargo 2010 - Lynden Air Cargo will see you at the show!

Posted on Mon, Mar 08, 2010

AirCargo 2010 Trade Show and Conference

Lynden Air Cargo will be proudly representing Lynden at the upcoming AirCargo 2010 show in Orlando, Florida (March 14th - 16th). Lynden Air Cargo's fleet of Lockheed L382 Hercules aircraft are excellent for air cargo charters to remote locations, for projects (oil, gas, construction, mining, etc.) and in emergency relief situations. Recently Lynden Air Cargo assisted with the Haiti recovery efforts - learn more about our Haiti relief flights and read about our air crew's experiences in Haiti.


See it before the show!

Here's a sneak peak of the video slideshow we will be playing at our AirCargo 2010 booth!

 AirCargo 2010
(Click image or view video here)


Interested?
Learn more about Lynden's air cargo charters. See you at the show!

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Air freight

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