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

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: Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express, Community Service

Alaska West Express named safe truck fleet of the year

Posted on Thu, Jun 05, 2014

6_2014_AWE safe fleet.jpgAlaska West Express received the Alaska Safe Truck Fleet of the Year Award from the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) at its annual awards banquet this spring. Alaska West Express was recognized for its safety performance in 2013, including accident frequency rates, compliance, safety and accountability (CSA) scores and OSHA recordable injuries. It also received three other safety awards from the ATA including Line Haul, Local Cartage and Line Haul Most Improved.

The ATA sponsors the safety awards with ConocoPhillips to recognize and reward carriers who operate safely on the highway and in the workplace. CSA is a major safety measurement and reporting initiative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

"This award represents the hard work, professionalism and integrity of our managers, operations team, drivers and mechanics," says Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks. "We haul a variety of commodities in very challenging conditions, including hazardous chemicals, petroleum products, dry bulk commodities and retail products. Safety is extremely important to us, and we appreciate that our efforts are recognized by the ATA and ConocoPhillips."

Tags: Alaska West Express, Safety, Safety Award, Alaska Trucking Association, Awards

Alaska West Express joins EPA's Smartway Transport Partnership

Posted on Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Logo SmartWay Transport ParAlaska West Express has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership. SmartWay is a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and transportation companies to voluntarily improve fuel efficiency and reduce air pollution from freight transport. Partners with high scores are already utilizing most of the commercially available fuel saving strategies and evaluating the latest emerging technologies. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008. Lynden companies LTI, Inc., Milky Way and Brown Line joined in 2010.

"Alaska West Express has been focused on efficient operations for many years as part of Lynden's overall Green Initiative. We are extremely proud to be recognized by the EPA as a SmartWay Transport Partner," says Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks. "Although we operate in very tough and harsh conditions we remain committed and focused on energy efficiency and air quality. We also understand and appreciate that our customers share this same commitment. Alaska West Express will continue to strive for clean operations on the road and at all of our locations." The company is now included on the SmartWay Partner List where it joins other transportation providers who are moving the freight industry forward to a more sustainable future.

describe the imageAlaska West Express provides truckload transportation throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in heavy haul and bulk shipments to and from Alaska, where it is a leader in transporting liquid- and dry-bulk products, hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals and petroleum products. It is part of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, scheduled and charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international shipping via air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, trade show shipping, remote site construction, sanitary bulk commodities hauling, and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine. 


Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/09/13/5207017/alaska-west-express-joins-epas.html#storylink=cpy

Tags: Alaska West Express, Green Lynden, SmartWay certification, Environmental efforts

Alaska West Express donates transportation of bulldozer to university

Posted on Thu, Sep 12, 2013

Alaska west Express heavy haulA massive D-10 was seen rolling into Fairbanks this summer atop an Alaska West Express lowboy. The Fort Knox Mine donated the 115,000-pound bulldozer to the University of Alaska for use in its  diesel technician program, but the machine needed a lift from the mine to the university's diesel shop. Oversized loads are business as usual for Alaska West Express, so the company stepped in to help.

"Fort Knox has been hiring most employees from out of the state due to their experience with mining machinery," explains Brian Rencher, program director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "They approached us about donating a large piece of equipment to the university to familiarize our students with it and better prepare them for mining jobs here in the Fairbanks area. The good folks at Alaska West Express donated the transportation and the crew did an excellent job. The pilot cars and truck driver Brian Maiorano were organized and planned traffic perfectly to get the truck and trailer into our parking area with the large machine."

The dozer was first delivered to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks for a Chamber of Commerce display and was then transported to the university's deisel shop. "We fully support the university and its programs and are glad to help whenever we can," said Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express president.   


Tags: Community Service, University of Alaska, Alaska West Express, Oversize freight

Now that's a heavy haul!

Posted on Thu, Jun 20, 2013

Last fall Alaska West Express heavy haulAlaska West Express transported this boat (left, below) from Palmer to Anchorage. At 24 feet wide, 80 feet long and 17 feet tall, the cargo dwarfs the tractor. The kicker? The boat is not even as big as it gets. It’s missing its wheel house, which adds another 17 feet on top.

According to Steve Willford of Alaska West Express, the most challenging aspect of the project was moving the boat from the shop where it was built. “The shop outside of Palmer was not much bigger than the boat itself and was not one you could just casually drive away from, given the dimension of the boat,” he says. “With assistance from a winch truck and a short-yard tractor, the load was maneuvered safely to the main roadway. Ken Seipel was the driver and expertly demonstrated his dedication to getting the boat to its destination safely.”

Alaska West Express heavy haul

Photo credit: Sam Amato

Tags: Heavy Haul, Alaska West Express, Oversize shipping, Alaska

Oversized compressor goes land-sea-land to Ninilchik

Posted on Sat, Mar 16, 2013

AWE oversized loadDelays in super-load permits and customs paperwork created some nail-biting moments for Lynden employees who were charged with transporting a 120,000-pound load from Calgary to Anchorage and on to Ninilchik near Kenai. The compressor was not only heavy, its 30-foot by 14-foot by 12-foot high stature required special paperwork for a ship sailing and truck transport – and the customer needed it right away.

“We brought the compressor from Canada to Seattle to make a Friday ship sailing to Alaska. In addition, five support loads, including three oversized, had to be transported via truck and on site to beat the compressor delivery,” explains Jacob Harrison, Account Executive with Lynden Transport in Anchorage. 

Another challenge came with delayed customs paperwork. “By the time we received it, it was too late for Keith Hall at Lynden International to clear the shipment, so we were pushed back a day. Keep in mind, this unit needed to move as soon as possible to make the sailing cutoff time,” Jacob explains.

Lynden Transport Fife’s Neil Cranford was at the ship transfer site when the compressor arrived. When it was lifted via crane, one of the picking points began to bend under the stress of the weight. Neil found an alternative connection and the crane operator successfully transferred the unit to Lynden’s “Dakota” trailer which the Anchorage operations team had previously moved to Seattle.  

 “Drivers Ron Calkins and Anthony Brocato worked against the clock to make sure the unit was lashed correctly and moved to the ship safely,” Neil explains. “If not for their professionalism on site, this unit would not have made it through the stringent flatbed tying requirements.”

The compressor finally arrived in Anchorage and was transported to Ninilchik by Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose. “Larry Kohlmaier, Cale Larson and Myles Hursley of Canadian Lynden Transport were key in the planning and execution of this move,” Jacob says. “With the contributions of Neil, Keith, Eric Wilson, Mark Graves and Justus Uphus of Lynden Transport, we made the customer’s deadline and secured future business.”

 

Tags: Heavy Haul, Logistics, Oversize freight, Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express, Lynden International

Drill rig move includes ice road delivery to Kuparuk

Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Long-time customer Nabors Drilling called on Lynden Transport earlier this year to move 72 loads for its rig “99” relocation project in the Kuparuk oil field. The move was a challenge with some loads weighing around 85,000 pounds and five that measured 14-feet wide.

“We started loading on Jan. 2 in Nikiski near Kenai and had 21 loads ready on the first day,” explains Justus Uphus, Lynden Transport Kenai Manager. “There was a delay on the receiving end when the drilling pad wasn’t ready, so Nabors decided to engineer and fit new wind-walls onto the lower part of the rig. We unloaded most of the loads that we had ready and had to start over two weeks later.”

Once the loads arrived at Prudhoe Bay, the second leg of the journey began. The ice pad destination was another three hours west of the Lynden office in Deadhorse, including an hour of driving over an ice road onto the Colville River Delta. The trucks, led by a pilot car, were in a convoy to the ice pad for the seven-hour roundtrip.

“Nabors Drilling was very impressed with how the move went from start to finish,” says Ryan Anderson, City Dispatcher at Prudhoe Bay. “The Kenai crew deserves a lot of credit. The most painstaking part of a rig move is the loading portion, and they did a great job. It made for a smooth delivery on our end. Our team at Prudhoe Bay also did a fantastic job getting the loads delivered in the specific order and time frame that the customer requested.”

Alaska West Express helped out by bringing up five heavy haul loads of generator units to power the rig, each weighing around 78,000 pounds. Justus singled out Kenai Operations Manager Justin Cooley and the Anchorage dispatch team for their expertise coordinating the movement of the rig out of Nikiski. “This project was another Lynden team effort resulting in a satisfied customer,” he says.

Tags: Lynden Transport, Shipping to Alaska, Logistics, Alaska West Express

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