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Alaska West Express Tests Extended Oil Changes

Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Alaska West Express truckAlaska West Express is testing an on-board oil filtration system on six of its tractors that is allowing the company to operate even more clean and green. The trucks can now run as many as 145,000 miles between oil changes, eliminating around 56 oil changes and saving 657 gallons of oil.

A six-micron filter removes debris from the oil and has a heating element to eliminate moisture. "The removal of moisture from the oil keeps the acidity of the oil in check and almost completely removes sludge," says Steve Nolan of Alaska West Express in Fairbanks. Rather than changing the oil every 25,000 miles, oil is tested and changed only when necessary which lowers maintenance costs.

Alaska Marine Lines has been using similar units to filter hydraulic fluid and oil on its equipment. "These units require a change in thinking from routine oil changes to sampling and changing based on actual need," says Les Candee, Equipment Maintenance and Procurement Manager at Alaska Marine Lines.  "It requires that sampling becomes part of the maintenance culture, as opposed to automatically draining and disposing of all fluids on a time-based program".

These maintenance programs are part of Lynden's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

 

Tags: Fuel efficiency, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Green Lynden, Environmental efforts

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.

Tags: Fuel efficiency, Green Lynden, Trucking, Brown Line

Lynden marks Earth Day by introducing more fuel-efficient equipment

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2012

Lynden celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day this month by continuing its environmental sustainability efforts. The Lynden family of transportation companies has been an industry leader in reducing its carbon footprint including recent design changes in its truck fleet that have improved fuel economy by 23 percent.

"Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect on the many ways Lynden is committed to protecting the environments where we do business. We were working 'green' before it became so popular," says Alex McKallor, Chief Operating Officer for Lynden Inc. "From innovative containers to equipment that requires less fuel and reduces harmful pollutants, we are constantly searching for ways to save energy and use resources efficiently. Our culture of innovation and efficiency is in harmony with our commitment to reduce waste and be a model of environmental stewardship."

Lynden was the first transportation company in Alaska to gain SmartWay certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to earn the state's Green Star Award. It is on the list of Inbound Logistics' Green Supply Chain Partners and, in 2008, Lynden launched a Green Initiative stating its goals and asking employees for ideas on how to operate 'leaner and greener.' Many of these suggestions have been implemented.

Most recently, Lynden company Brown Line LLC introduced an aerodynamic tractor-trailer design with side skirts and roof fairings that improved fuel economy. The design, plus other changes such as driver training, reducing speeds and new engines and tires, has helped Brown Line drastically reduce fuel consumption and emissions by nearly 25 percent.

In addition to its own green efforts, Lynden supports local organizations in their environmental programs. Lynden transports recyclable paper from Anchorage to Seattle for Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) and moves aluminum cans from Cordova to Anchorage for recycling in support of Cordova High School's fundraising program. Lynden Air Cargo participates in a back haul program for the Yukon River Tribal Watershed Council to help clean up Alaska's village communities and Alaska Marine Lines transports gillnets for recycling in Cordova.

For more information on Lynden's environmental policy and programs, visit www.lynden.com/about/green/stewardship.html. Lynden is a family of companies offering truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, 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: Fuel efficiency, Green Lynden, Green Star certificate, Earth Day, SmartWay certification, Environmental efforts, Green Initiative

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: Fuel efficiency, Green Lynden, Green Supply Chain Partner, Environmental efforts, Inbound Logistics

Lynden goes green: Moving freight with regard for the environment

Posted on Tue, Jul 19, 2011

Lynden strives to efficiently move freight with the highest regard for the health and safety of our employees, and with the utmost care for the environment. To learn more about our environmental policy, check out our Environmental Page. For more information on the principles Lynden strives to manage our business by, view our Green Brochure.

The graphic below breaks down our new Lynden Transport trucks, showing how the different features help contribute to environmental efficiencies.

Green Lynden Truck
(click image to enlarge)

Tags: Fuel efficiency, Green Lynden, Environmental efforts, Alaska shipping

"Green ideas for the long haul — Lynden Transport commits to eco-friendly practices"

Posted on Wed, Oct 14, 2009

Recently Jenny Neyman, Editor/Publisher of The Redoubt Reporter, wrote an article about Lynden Transport's new terminal and our efforts to be eco-friendly:

"If thoughts of the shipping industry conjures up images of fuel-guzzling big rigs spewing exhaust fumes while chugging up hills or idling in parking lots, it's time to park that imagery. There's a newer, more eco-friendly business model pulling into the lot.

For Lynden Transportation, green is no longer just its logo color, it's now a principle by which to operate. The company recently moved into its new facility on the Sterling Highway across from Big Johns gas station in Soldotna. It's the "greenest" terminal the company has ever built..."
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Tags: Energy efficiency, Fuel efficiency, Green Lynden, Lynden Transport, Alaska

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