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Bird makes unexpected voyage on Aloha Marine Lines

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Update: the albatross is finishing up rehab in California and hopefully will be heading home soon!

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IAlbatross_5-18-16.jpgn April a freeloading albatross hitched a ride on an Aloha Marine Lines voyage from Honolulu to Seattle. However, it nearly traded its life for what it saved in physical exertion.

Operations Manager Mark Sheehan first saw the bird when the night crew pointed it out to him after a two-week voyage across the Pacific Ocean. The bird was severely dehydrated and emaciated. Even in its weakened state, it wasn’t too keen on being assisted by a human, so when Sheehan tried to pick the bird up, it bolted.

Luckily, the bird was so weakened that it allowed Sheehan to pick it up (above). “That was fortuitous,” Mark said. “Had it been able to outrun me or was able to fly, it probably would have ended up dead.”

Mark_Sheehan_with_Albatross.jpgMark called the Seattle Aquarium and Veterinarian Lesanna Lahner who brought the female bird to the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington where it was treated with antibiotics for pneumonia.

It’s likely that the albatross took a break on the barge when it departed Honolulu, then couldn’t get into a spot with enough wind necessary for it to take flight. So it settled in between a couple of containers for the grueling journey.

The albatross has been well cared for at Sarvey and is now ready to return home to Hawaii. Sarvey Wildlife Director Suzanne West is searching for a Coast Guard or commercial flight to get the albatross back to Hawaii for mating season.

Tags: barge service, Hawaii, Aloha Marine Lines, Albatross

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

Northland becomes 'Alaska Marine Lines' in Western Alaska

Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Alaska Marine Lines

Alaska Marine Lines, Inc. changed the name of its Western Alaska service from Northland Services to Alaska Marine Lines this month. The name change results from the integration of Northland Services into Alaska Marine Lines, one of the Lynden family of companies.

"Customers will continue to enjoy the same great service and people, but now under the Alaska Marine Lines name," says Alaska Marine Lines Vice President Bill Northey. "The team is the same, we're just changing our jerseys. As part of the Lynden family of companies, we have greater options to better serve customers' shipping needs."

Alaska Marine Lines' Western Alaska Dutch Harbor - Alaska Marine Linesservice from Anchorage and Seattle includes Bethel, Dutch Harbor, Naknek, Dillingham, Nome, Kotzebue and many smaller villages throughout the region. Northey added that the company commitment to cost-competitive price structures and sailing frequencies will remain the same. Alaska Marine Lines' 2015 sailing schedules are being distributed to customers this month.

Lynden's combined capabilities include: worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter and rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics, truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, customs brokerage and remote site construction. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Tags: Western Alaska, Alaska Marine Lines, barge service, Northland Services

Northland joins the Lynden family of companies

Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013

Lynden Northland logos

The Lynden family of companies is pleased to welcome Northland Services, a marine transportation company providing shipping between Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii.

"Northland is a dynamic company with talented people and a great reputation," says Lynden President and CEO Jon Burdick. "Its barge capabilities to Hawaii and Western Alaska complement Lynden's current service offerings and allow us to provide expanded services to our customers. We can now offer integrated service to more Alaska destinations, with more frequency and greater combined capabilities."

Northland's barge service from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii enhances Lynden's current ship and air services to the islands. The addition of Northland's Western Alaska barge services enables Lynden to service ports throughout the State of Alaska. Both companies share a commitment to keep customers' freight moving smoothly and efficiently through the transition process.

"Lynden provides an ideal situation to better serve our customers, our employees and the communities where we operate," explains Larry Stauffer, President and CEO of Northland. "We have seen significant growth in our business over the past decade, and bringing two great companies and teams together will help improve and expand service in the communities we serve."

"We are excited about the new opportunities that will emerge from the combination of Lynden and Northland," explains Executive Vice President and COO Alex McKallor.

The Lynden family of companies includes Lynden Transport, LTI, Inc., Milky Way, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Air Cargo, Brown Line, LLC, Lynden International and others. Its 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.

 

Tags: Northland, Western Alaska, Lynden, Alaska Marine Lines, barge service, Central Alaska, Southeast Alaska, Hawaii

Lynden Signs Purchase Agreement to Buy Northland Services

Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2013

Lynden Signs Purchase Agreement to Buy Northland Services
Companies Agree on Sale Framework: Lengthy Process Remains Before Deal is Completed

Lynden (www.lynden.com), a family of freight transportation companies serving primarily Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, has entered into a purchase agreement to buy Northland Services, Inc. (www.northlandservices.com), a tug and barge carrier providing service between Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii.

"Lynden provides an ideal situation to better serve our customers, our employees and the communities where we operate," explained Larry Stauffer , President and CEO of Northland.  "We have seen significant growth in our business over the past decade, and bringing two great companies and teams together will help improve and expand service in the communities we serve."

Northland will be an independent operating company within the Lynden family of companies.  The current Northland management team would stay in place.  

Lynden's Alaska Marine Lines also provides tug and barge transportation services between Seattle and Southeast and Central Alaska.  "Northland has a great reputation, and adds Western Alaska and Hawaii to Lynden's service, enabling us to provide more service capabilities to our customers," said Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen.  "We are excited about the ability to provide integrated statewide Alaska service, higher service frequency, and greater combined capabilities for our customers. Where there is service overlap, we will organize to provide a higher level of service.  In certain communities where Alaska Marine Lines and Northland are the two primary freight carriers, other barge lines have plans to compete with us."

A lengthy, complex process remains before the purchase can be completed.  The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory review and other terms that, if completed, would likely result in closing in late 2013.

Northland's major shareholder, Endeavour Capital, is a Western U.S. private investment firm.  Endeavour's philosophy centers on the principle of stewardship: they believe in leaving a company in better condition than when they arrived.  Endeavour has partnered with Northland's shareholders and management team over the past nine years – together they have transformed Northland via significant investment in the business and helped it become a leader in marine transportation to the Alaska and Hawaiian markets.

For more information contact:

 

Lynden Media Contact

Northland Services Media Contact

David Rosenzweig

Kerri Hakoda

206-439-5527

206-892-2697

drosen@lynden.com

kerri@northlandservices.com

 

Tags: Lynden, Alaska Marine Lines, barge service, Northland Services

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