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Lynden gets it done for North Slope customer

Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2018

LINT Antonov 124 move of pump house to PBYLynden International's Anchorage crew has coordinated many charters, but rarely do they involve one of the world's largest commercial cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124. "When one of our customers 'rings the bell' and needs an 82,000-pound, 60-foot-long, 11-foot-high mud pump house for their North Slope Exploration project, guys like Jeff Pennell, Regional Operations Manager with Lynden International, answer the call," says Senior Account Executive Nick Karnos.

In his 32 years at Lynden, Jeff says there have only been a handful of times he had to hire an aircraft this big to haul freight. "It's no big deal to make this type of move happen," he says modestly. "This is no different than any of the other charters we set up, the freight and the airplane are just a little bigger."

But, in fact, the move was a big deal. The customer was losing almost a million dollars a day waiting for the emergency freight with a crew and drill rig standing by. It required finding the specialized aircraft, coordinating the movement of freight from the shipper in Houston to the airport, loading equipment on the ground, ground handling and the subsequent movement from Fairbanks to Alaska's North Slope. Jeff relied on the expertise of Steve Willford, Project Manager with Alaska West Express in Fairbanks for specialty equipment and handling. Once the freight arrived in Fairbanks, it was unloaded, trans-loaded to a separate trailer, then sent 400 more miles to Deadhorse. From Deadhorse, it went over an ice road to an island in the Arctic Ocean where crews were waiting.

"And if the move wasn't complex enough, Jeff added 20,000 pounds of wire spools to the Antonov load since there was more space available," Nick explains. The AN-124 eventually landed in Fairbanks at 2:36 a.m., where Alaska West Express was already positioned to get the freight moving north to Prudhoe Bay. "Round-the-clock communications and near constant updates on the cargo, aircraft and other equipment are appreciated by all stakeholders, but a little tough on the sleep cycle for guys like Jeff and Steve, not to mention our customers," Nick says. "This project started with inquiries to Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express and Lynden Air Cargo for solutions, then it fell squarely into Lynden International's scope," Nick says. "It was truly a One Lynden project."

Tags: Lynden International, Alaska West Express, Oversize shipping, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Transport, Charter Move

Pete Kaiser finishes fifth in Iditarod

Posted on Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Iditarod - Brian and Jennifer Ambrose with Pete Kaiser at Iditarod start-712682-editedIn the photo right, Alaska West Express Driver (and 2017 Overall ATA Winner of the Truck Driving Rodeo) Brian Ambrose and his wife Jennifer wished Pete Kaiser (center) luck at the end of the 11-mile ceremonial start of the Iditarod sled dog race in Anchorage. The real race started March 3 in Willow, AK with Pete competing for the tenth time. He placed fifth – a big jump from his ninth-place finish last year. The Ambroses are long-time race volunteers. "Jennifer and I are part of a group of volunteers who collect the bibs from the mushers and have them autographed so they can be auctioned off to raise funds for the race," Brian says.

Tags: Iditarod, Alaska West Express

Lynden supports Yukon Quest with Fairbanks Food Drop

Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2018

2018 Yukon Quest food dropLynden continued its tradition of donating transportation of food and supplies for the 2018 Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race this winter by participating in the annual Fairbanks Food Drop event in January. Alaska West Express Drivers Brian Ambrose and James Elliott picked up freight in Whitehorse to support the mushers and their dog teams. Lynden Transport is also an event sponsor. Canadian Lynden Transport Dispatcher Deanna Benson received a call from race organizer Alex Olesen one day. "He said his uncle was curious about how things were going with the shipment," Deanna says. "The uncle turned out to be Lynden retiree Steven Reilly. What a small world!" Image from the Yukon Quest video. View the video and the food drop process at https://youtu.be/t5ijcCWoTvk?t=45.

Tags: Community Service, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport, Canadian Lynden Transport, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden drivers compete in National Truck Driving Championships

Posted on Thu, Oct 26, 2017

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Three Lynden drivers qualified for and participated in the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 9-12 in Orlando, FL. More than 400 drivers competed in the event which is a gathering of the best-of-the-best truckers from California to Maine. Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express took 15th place in the Sleeper Berth, Jack Sorensen of Lynden Transport placed 32nd in the Tank Truck category and Edward Tuia of Alaska West Express came in 41st in the five-axle.

Tags: Awards, Alaska West Express, Lynden employees, Lynden Transport, Drivers, National Truck Driving Championships

Lynden drivers clean up at Alaska, Washington competitions

Posted on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Truck Rodeo group shot 6-3-17.jpgCongratulations are in order for many Lynden drivers who competed in truck driving competitions in Alaska and Washington this spring. At the Alaska Trucking Association’s (ATA) annual truck rodeo in Anchorage, Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose was named overall champion for the second year followed by Eddie Tuia in second place. Eddie also took first place for Alaska West Express in the 5-axle van category with Doug Longerbone of Lynden Transport taking second place.
Other first-place finishers included Jack Sorensen in the Tanker and Brian in the Sleeper Divisions. Al Guettinger and John Schank took first and second places respectively in the Old Geezer category. John was also named 2017 Alaska Driver of the Year for the second time. Other Lynden drivers competing were: Randy Estrada, Lynden Transport, third in the flatbed category; James Elliott, Alaska West Express, tenth in the 5-axle; Greg Sims, Lynden Transport, eleventh in the 5-axle; Tanner Heisler, Lynden Transport, fifth in the 4-axle; Ray Sorenson, Lynden Transport, fifth in the 3-axle and Clayton Bonty, Lynden Transport, sixth in the flatbed division. Dan Jenkins of Lynden Transport competed in the Washington competition, placing fourth in the flatbed class.

"We are always proud of the drivers who come out to represent the Lynden companies," says Richard Hennagin, Lynden Transport Safety Supervisor. "They are up against the best in the business, which makes their top place finishes even more impressive."

Tags: Awards, Alaska West Express, Alaska Truck Driving Championships, Lynden Transport, Drivers

Lean & Green: Lynden facilities continue to save energy

Posted on Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Fife LTIA warehouse with lights - lean & green article.jpgThe annual Earth Day celebration is a good time to recognize Lynden employees who continue to do more with less, decreasing their energy use while improving safety and productivity. Since 2008, nearly 50 energy efficiency upgrades at Lynden facilities have led to the reduction of 2,350 megawatt hours of electricity and nearly 7 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heating fuel and natural gas per year.

According to Anna Deal of Lynden’s Green Initiative, that’s the equivalent of the average energy used in 167 homes or 335 passenger vehicles in one year! "Some of the most impressive reductions at Lynden have come from steady and consistent efforts and continuous improvement," she says.

For example, Lynden Transport’s Anchorage Service Center has reduced its heating fuel use by 20 percent over the last eight years by repairing insulation, sealing air gaps in the dock doors and dock plates with rubber, and installing new dock shelters. Most recently, a new direct digital controlled thermostat is reducing natural gas use even further. The Anchorage team invested in a series of lighting upgrades that has reduced electricity use by 20 percent, despite adding eight electric forklifts.

"One of the unexpected benefits of using electric lifts is the CO2 fan no longer kicks on in the cross-dock," says Richard Hennagin, Lynden Transport Safety Manager. "In a way, the lifts run for free because the fans are no longer pushing warm air outside or using electricity to run."

LTI, INC.
Similarly, the LTI, Inc. Service Center in Lynden, WA has reduced its overall electricity use by 37 percent since 2008. Employees have upgraded old lighting and HVAC systems, installed LED lights in the remodel, and most recently, yard lights were replaced with LEDs.

"One of the most exciting changes in the last few years is the number of Lynden facilities moving to LED lights," Anna says. "These lights give better quality light that mimics natural daylight while using a third of the energy. They last longer, so don’t need to be replaced as often. They are dimmable and turn on instantly, so they work well with smart sensor technology and there’s no mercury to dispose of when they do burn out."

More improvements throughout the companies:

ALASKA WEST EXPRESS
Alaska West Express in Fairbanks has some of the highest energy costs of any Lynden facility due to a lack of energy options, cold temperatures and the size of the 30-acre facility. Over the last few years the team replaced high wattage lights in the maintenance and tank-cleaning facilities as well as 76 yard lights with energy efficient LED lights. They reduced their electricity usage by 14 percent with a 2.5 year payback to recoup costs. "The best part is, the guys in the shop don’t have to wear their headlamps around anymore," says Gage Schutte, Alaska West Express Service Center Manager.

ALASKA MARINE LINES
Alaska Marine Lines began testing LED lights in the Seattle yard in 2015. "With a payback of less than three years and a 20-year lifespan, it seemed like a no-brainer," says Mark Gaska (now with Alaska West Express in Tacoma). Since then, M&R interior and exterior lights and salt tent lights have all been replaced with LEDs and smart sensors that adjust lighting output based on daylight levels and movement. Most recently, Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle became the first port facility in the world to use stadium style LED lights to light the yard.

"The truck entry lane in Yard 5 needed additional light for safety and security. Rather than disrupting operations and trenching power to install a new pole, we decided to use high mast LED lights. The difference is literally night and day. The safety crew and especially the night crew are very happy," says Tom Crescenzi, Alaska Marine Lines Service Center Manager.

LYNDEN TRANSPORT—Lower 48
Lynden Transport in Fife recently replaced lighting in the cross dock and yard (see photo on page 1). "The biggest benefit is safety," says Keith Johnson, Safety Supervisor. "After we moved to electric lifts, you couldn’t hear the lift approach over the buzzing sound of the old lights. The LED lights are quiet and the crew is able to read paperwork without going to the forklift for light." Lynden Transport Service Centers in Soldotna and Fairbanks also recently replaced their yard lights with LEDs.

"Even with all of the reductions at Lynden facilities to date, there is still a huge opportunity to reduce energy use further," Anna says.

Tags: LTI Inc., Energy efficiency, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Green Lynden, Green Initiative, Lynden Transport

Brian Ambrose named ATA Driver of the Year; Lynden drivers compete in truck rodeos

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Brian_Ambrose_2016_ATA_Driver_of_the_Year.jpgFollowing in the footsteps of Lynden Transport Driver John Schank of Fairbanks, Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express was named 2016 Truck Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA). Brian’s award was presented at the 17th annual ATA truck driving championships in Anchorage where Lynden truck drivers competed. Drivers also competed at a truck rodeo in Kent, WA in June, turning in impressive performances as usual.

“Brian has 36 years of commercial driving experience including 16 with Alaska West Express,” says Anchorage Service Center Manager Dave Heston. “And he has more than 3 million miles in the seat and 13 consecutive years without an accident. He has driven all types of configurations on Alaska’s highways, including heavy haul up to 13-axles and tankers.” Brian has competed in the truck driving championships every year since 2005 and has collected an assortment of trophies including three for state champion and best overall in 2015.

“We are very proud of all Brian has accomplished,” adds Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks.  “We are even prouder of his work ethic and integrity.  Brian is a true professional who represents our company and industry with class.”

In the June 18 competition in Kent, WA, Lynden Transport Driver Dan Jenkins competed in the Flatbed Division as a rookie and Brown Line Drivers Vincent Hannick, Carl Carter and Michael Kidrick competed in the Sleeper Berth division.

Truck_Driving_Championships_-_2016_Kent_WA.jpgTen Lynden Transport drivers competed in the Alaska competition, including Jack Sorensen, placing first in the 5-axle Tanker Division, and Tanner Heisler, placing third in the 5-axle Flatbed category. Other Lynden competitors were: Randy Estrada, Chris Hudson, John Phillips, Cody McFarlane, Doug Longerbone, Pha Lee, Stephanie Winder and Jay Capala. Brian Ambrose, David Lambe and Edward Tuia competed for Alaska West Express. Lynden’s Deskbound Geezers were on hand to steer Old No. 27 through the cones.

 

Tags: Awards, Alaska West Express, Alaska Trucking Association, Lynden employees, Trucking, Lynden Transport, Drivers, Driver of the Year

Scheuerle trailer expands heavy haul capabilities

Posted on Wed, Jun 08, 2016

Scheurle_Trailer_with_Mod_E_in_transit_on_Dalton_Hwy.jpgLynden companies are known for providing customers with the latest, most versatile equipment and a hydraulic platform trailer acquired by Alaska West Express last year is proving to be useful for a variety of projects in Alaska. Manufactured by German company Scheuerle, the trailer is built to handle long and heavy loads. According to Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks, the trailer carries the weight over instead of between the axles, requiring less steel to support the load and increasing payload.

The trailer was a keystone of Alaska West Express’ recent pipeline project in Alaska (see photo above) and has greatly increased heavy haul capabilities. “Besides the 100-ton payload, the manufacturer provides a program to determine estimated axle weights for permitting,” says Steve Willford, Project Manager. By inputting load data, the program calculates the projected load distribution on the axles. This data can then be submitted to DOT for overweight permits. The program has proven extremely accurate and saves valuable employee time as well as reducing liability.  

"The trailer hydraulic readings and the program have increased our capability to forecast and increases our confidence that we are exactly within limits for road and bridge crossings with our loads,” Scott says. Alaska West Express drivers and shop and maintenance employees participated in a three-day training program to learn the specialized features of the trailer once it arrived last year. The first load it carried was a survey boat 83 feet long and 23 feet wide from Prudhoe Bay to Anchorage.

Tags: Heavy Haul, Alaska West Express, Alaska, Lynden Capabilities

Multi-modal project supports pipeline pump station

Posted on Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Alaska West Express and Alaska Marine Lines recently completed a nine-month multimodal move of pipe skids and other freight for an oil pipeline customer. Thirty loads originated at a manufacturer in Bellingham, WA and required marine and surface moves for final delivery to Trans-Alaska Pipeline Pump Station #5 between Deadhorse and Valdez.  The pump station is an important relief station to slow the flow of oil as it descends from the Brooks Valley.

“This project began as a smaller move last summer and it continued to develop as the customer learned of our heavy haul and other capabilities,” says Steve Willford, Alaska West Express Project Manager in Fairbanks.

The project included three oversized loads which required transfer to a shuttle barge in Bellingham (see above) and on to the mainline barge in Seattle for eventual delivery to Whittier and Valdez. “They were odd-ball pieces, over-dimensional and overweight – not easy to move over the road,” Steve says.  Once they arrived in Valdez, Alaska West Express drivers Casey King, Andrew Wessels, Gary Ridall and Scott Vaughan (driving push truck) took over the delivery to the pump station. Jack Binder was the load supervisor for the Valdez shipments. Other loads arrived in Anchorage before the sailings stopped for the winter and were delivered by drivers Ken Seipel, Brian Ambrose and Del Shagen.  

Lynden is known for getting the job done and providing extra servicMod_C_Valdez_6.jpges when needed.  The final loads were delivered to the site when the installation contractor was on winter shutdown, so Alaska West Express arranged a jacking crew for unloading. Through careful coordination and planning, the arrival of the final loads was synchronized with the arrival of the jacking crew. “When we pulled away from the site, the loads were up off the ground where the customer wanted them. We were happy to provide literally everything they required,” says Jack.

Good weather helped the project stay on track as well as a new Scheuerle hydraulic highway trailer acquired by Alaska West Express last year. The trailer is capable of carrying 100 tons and was put to work carrying the 84-ton back-pressure module between Valdez and the pump station. But the real key to the project’s success, according to Steve, was teamwork between Alaska West Express operations in Tacoma, Anchorage and Fairbanks and Alaska Marine Lines crews handling the barge moves in Seattle, Bellingham and Anchorage. “Our joint capabilities and smooth working relationships really came together to provide our customer with a seamless, door-to-door transportation package.”

Tags: Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska, Trans-Alaska Pipeline

A Mission of Mercy in Fairbanks

Posted on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

10_2015_Mission in FBK.jpgLynden helped put smiles on a lot of faces in Fairbanks recently. Lynden Transport's Ken Hall and Alan Hoza of Alaska West Express assisted in bringing a free mobile dental clinic, the Alaska Mission of Mercy, to the community. Ken coordinated the move of a trailer filled with 60 dental chairs, 49 treatment chairs and other equipment to the two-day event. The biggest challenge, according to event organizer Dr. Heather Willis, was getting the equipment from the Lower 48 up to Alaska. "The trailer came from Tacoma to Anchorage via TOTE, then via the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. Lynden delivered it to the event site," Ken says. "Wolverine Equipment, our trailer maintenance provider, re-inspected the trailer to make sure everything was ready to go."

It's estimated that the dental group treated 878 patients at a donated cost of $800,000 in 24 hours (see above). Dr. Tim Woller expressed appreciation to Lynden for its assistance. "Your support and generosity are typical of the community spirit that makes Alaska and Fairbanks a great place to live and work," he says.

Tags: Community Service, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport

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