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Brown Line’s new tractor-trailer design improves fuel economy

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012

Brown Line's new tractor trailerOver the last three years, Brown Line has implemented a number of changes resulting in a radical improvement in fuel economy. The company recently added 18 new tractor-trailer combinations that are achieving over 7 mpg on average.  “With the new equipment fuel economy increased by 23 percent, trailer cubic foot capacity by 16 percent, and improved payload capacity by 6 percent,” says Brown Line President Jason Jansen. 

Driver behavior has also contributed to fuel savings, with PeopleNet onboard computing systems enabling drivers to assess their fuel consumption and compete to be the best. Maximum truck speed was reduced from 68 mph to 64 mph for eastbound routes and to 62 mph for all other routes. “We adjusted the gearing to match the lower speeds, and we set low idle time standards for drivers,” Jason says. “PeopleNet also gives us the tools to improve routing, monitor tractor performance and idle time.”

As a fleet, Brown Line's average fuel economy has improved from 5.4 mpg in 2008 to 5.84 mpg in 2011. All new tractors have roof farings and new trailers have side skirts to improve aerodynamics. The side skirts are estimated to save about 5 percent in fuel economy. Brown Line now has 30 new 53-foot trailers with side skirts that have replaced the older 48-foot trailers, and will be exploring retrofit options for the older equipment.

The new 53-foot trailers are 1,900 pounds lighter than the older 48-foot trailers they replaced and compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules for reefers units. All new trucks and trailers use wide-base, low-rolling resistant single tires and have an automatic system to keep tires properly inflated for optimum fuel economy and to reduce tire wear.

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Lynden named to Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain List

Posted on Thu, Mar 01, 2012

The Lynden family of companies was named Green Supply Chain Logoto Inbound Logistics’ 2011 Green Supply Chain Partners list for its commitment to the environment. The list appeared in an issue of Inbound Logistics magazine in late 2011.

"The companies selected as this year's 75 Green Supply Chain Partners have a long-standing history of efficiency and an internal commitment to be as lean and green as possible," says Felecia Stratton, Inbound Logistics Editor. 

According to Lynden Inc. Executive Vice President of Operations Alex McKallor, Lynden’s culture of innovation and efficiency is completely in harmony with protecting the environment. “Lynden’s people, equipment, processes and technology are focused on the efficient use of resources and sustainable operations. Better fuel economy, better routes and higher payloads together have greatly reduced our fuel consumption per ton of freight moved while at the same time providing our customers with improved service,” he says. 


Tags: green Lynden, efficiency, environmental efforts, Inbound Logistics

Alaska Marine Trucking first Green Star certified business in Juneau

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Alaska Marine Trucking is Juneau's first Green Star Award business.  Employees worked hard to complete all 10 standards to achieve the Green Star Award, including adding the Green Star policy to the environmental policy statement in the employee handbook. Other efforts include replacing paper coffee cups with ceramic mugs, offering bio-friendly water bottles to reduce paper cup use, encouraging double-sided copying and improving fuel efficiency for vehicles through maximizing payloads and eliminating unnecessary weight. PeopleNet on-board computers monitor truck speed, shifting and idle time. Employees also participated in energy audits, implemented a company-recycling program, and removed lighting from vending machines to cut down on unnecessary energy use. “Alaska Marine Trucking has blazed a trail in Juneau for efficient and energy-wise business practices," says Christina Grande, Community Outreach & Communications Coordinator for Green Star in Anchorage.

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From left: Green Star's Kim Kovol and Randy Virgin, Alaska Marine Trucking's Bill Merk and Lynden Inc.'s Anna Deal with the Green Star certificate at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Tags: Alaska Marine Trucking, green Lynden, efficiency, Green Star certificate, environmental efforts, Juneau

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