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Lynden International acquires Haas Industries

Posted on Wed, Jun 03, 2015

Lynden InternationalLynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, acquired Haas Industries on June 1 to enhance its network and services throughout the Lower 48 and Canada. The acquisition strengthens Lynden’s capabilities for home delivery, trade show, and specialized delivery services within those markets.

“Lynden and Haas are a great fit and the combination of our two companies will allow us to continue building our domestic service portfolio. Our organizations also share common values and attributes – both believe in building strong partnerships with customers – which will produce a seamless integration of our companies,” says John Kaloper, Lynden Vice President America Division. “We’re excited about the possibilities.”

Haas Industries began serving customers in 1989 with a vision of offering an unparalleled level of reliability, flexibility and service within the freight forwarding industry. “Over that time, we’ve forged many long-term partnerships with clients, but ultimately we believe our vision has been achieved. Now is the time to create a new vision; one that produces even greater opportunities for our employees, associates and, most importantly, our customers,” says President Keith Haas. Haas Industries is now operating as Lynden International.

Tags: Lynden International, Freight forwarding, Logistics

Lynden Oilfield Services to serve Alaska’s North Slope customers

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015
Lynden Oilfield Services

Lynden companies have provided support to Alaska oil and gas customers for decades. A new Lynden business, Lynden Oilfield Services, was created specifically to serve customers on the North Slope of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfields. A division of Alaska West Express, Lynden Oilfield Services provides support for oilfield exploration and production and transportation and logistics solutions to the companies working to redevelop Alaska’s existing oil and gas resources.

“Dependable transportation and logistics are critical to the growing activity on the North Slope,” says Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express President. “Through our family of companies Lynden Oilfield Services provide multi-modal air, sea and land opportunities and heavy-haul options for drilling contractors, chemical suppliers, camp support, construction and all types of activity on and off the road system throughout the North Slope and offshore Alaska.”

Based in Deadhorse, Lynden Oilfield Services offers in-field logistical services for Prudhoe Bay and all other North Slope oilfields. Its new 15-acre facility includes storage for supplies like pipe and bulk materials, a cross-dock operation and a full-service maintenance shop and mechanics. “We have intermodal capability and a 90,000-pound-capacity forklift with all attachments for containers, intermodal tanks and support flats,” Hicks explains. “We also offer trans-loading and offloading capabilities including ISO tanks and containers.” Same-day field hauling and intra-field hauling of water, fuel and bulk liquids to various work sites on the North Slope will also be a focus.

Tags: Lynden Oilfield Services, Alaska, Logistics, Oil Industry

Lynden International expands global network with new office in Newfoundland

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Lynden International logo

SEATTLE – Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, announces the opening of a new Service Center in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The new location adds a strategic link to Lynden’s extensive global network and will help meet the increasing demand for transportation and logistics in the region. District Operations Manager Jim Giles will manage the office, which will offer a direct connection between Houston, Texas, and the island to support its growing oil and gas industry.

“We are excited about the opportunity to introduce the Lynden International name and brand of service to the Eastern Canada market. Our experience and expertise in the oil and gas, fishing and mining industries are a perfect fit with the logistics and transportation needs of Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Rob Clarke, International Business Development Director in Canada. “In addition to offering air, ocean and expedited ground services, Lynden’s team of licensed customs brokers and experienced staff provide international import and export services, customized solutions and a variety of multi-modal capabilities through its sister companies.”

The St. John’s office is located at 40 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 110 in Mount Pearl; telephone 709-368-8678.

Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges., intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Tags: Lynden International, Canada, Freight forwarding, Logistics, Texas

Lynden's reliable service critical for Deadliest Catch, other Discovery Channel programs

Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

The Wizard

The calm behind the storm

“You’re not in charge of your own destiny when you’re on a boat,” says Captain Keith Colburn during a particularly rough patch at sea. The TV program “Deadliest Catch” pits crab boats like Colburn’s Wizard and their crews against the deadly Bering Sea during King crab season. It is this chaotic, unpredictable environment that makes the show must-see TV for millions of Discovery Channel viewers.

It falls to Lynden International to get the rough footage of the program back from remote Dutch Harbor, AK and delivered to the producers of the show in California for editing and broadcast. In contrast to the unpredictable marine environment of the Deadliest Catch, the Lynden team is solid, steadfast and reliable. And Lynden knows Alaska. “All the digital program film comes through our Anchorage office for overnight air delivery to the Original Productions offices in Burbank,” says Account Executive Greg Obeso. “The film is on hard drives, so they are small boxes, but obviously of great value. Everything is time sensitive.”

The NorthwesternLynden also moves cameras, film, wet suits, helicopter mounts, and any other equipment needed for production of the program. With some cameras valued at $400,000 each, the shipments receive the highest priority and white glove treatment. And most everything is a rush, according to Obeso. “Once the shows are in production, everything is shipped on a ‘we need it now’ basis. Crew members are onsite waiting to film. If they have broken equipment, they need the parts immediately. Every wasted minute costs the producers money.”

That kind of stress leads to frayed nerves and tense moments. As the transportation provider, the Lynden team does its part to keep things calm and focus on solutions. “We hear things like divers are hitting the water in three hours, or weather is moving in. Urgency is the norm with these shipments,” Obeso says.

January is the busiest Norhtwesterntime with all three shows in production and Lynden handling shipments from three different producers and production teams to different locations in Winnipeg, Nome and Dutch Harbor. Lynden’s variety of transportation modes is a distinct advantage. “We have used Lynden Air Cargo’s 4-day-a-week scheduled service from Anchorage to Nome and, at other times when the freight is not so time sensitive, we have trucked and barged freight via Alaska Marine Lines and Lynden Transport,” explains International Agent Owen Mitchell.

A special Lynden customer service email and team has been set up to handle the daily and often three-times-daily shipments during production. The group is available 24-7 to respond to requests and issues.


Anchorage officeIn addition to Deadliest Catch, Original Productions produces Ice Road Truckers, Bering Sea Gold and even a program called Whisker Wars. Before Lynden came onboard, another freight forwarder was handling transportation for the shows. At one point freight was grounded in Sand Point, AK, which is 600 miles west of Anchorage and only accessible by boat or plane. “They were facing a two-week wait to get the freight out so the forwarder contacted us and we got the freight on another airline’s backhaul flight the same day,” Mitchell says.


By coincidence, Obeso was in Dutch Harbor at the same time working on projects for the seafood industry. “I happened to meet Producer Sheila McCormick through mutual contacts while she was filming land shots for the Deadliest Catch. I mentioned that the brokerage firm she was using was calling Lynden for help and that she could just call us directly in the future,” Obeso recalls. “That started this great working relationship that we have today.” Lynden began handling shipments for Deadliest Catch and six months later, the producer of Ice Road Truckers called. They were transitioning the program from Prudhoe Bay to Manitoba to begin filming in Canada. Lynden’s office in Ontario was a selling point as shipments could be routed into Winnipeg through Ontario instead of Anchorage and Lynden could handle all the freight plus customs brokerage, importing and exporting.


IceLynden now supports other programs such as Bering Sea Gold filmed in Nome, AK. One of the more challenging assignments was flying a large gold nugget into Nome for the series. For Ax Men, freight has been flown and barged into Southeast Alaska and, for the Whisker Wars program, Lynden took care of a large international shipment to Germany for the taping of the world beard competition. “Over the years, we have chartered flights and arranged transport of tri-pods, production equipment, wet suits, dive tanks, air compressors, arctic gear, ATVs, yurts and more,” Mitchell says. “We even flew gear to Adak in the Aleutian Islands where a boat met us to pick it up.  Lynden’s worldwide presence – especially in Russia, Canada and the Yukon – is a plus for producers as they scout new locations for programs.


Both Obeso and Mitchell agree that the work is challenging, but also exciting and a lot of fun. “It’s definitely something different than the normal shipments we handle,” Obeso says. “We consider ourselves the ‘calm behind the storm’ to keep things rolling during production. Reality television is fast-paced and deadline-focused. We work well under pressure and try to ease the load of the producers in the field.” For Obeso, who spent many years working in the seafood industry, one of the most memorable shipments wasn’t delivered to a remote filming site, but to a suburban location. Lynden flew 500 pounds of coveted blue crab from Alaska to Burbank for a Deadliest Catch season premier.

Tags: Lynden International, Discovery Channel, Logistics, Alaska shipping

Alaska Marine Lines moves canoes for historic native gathering

Posted on Sat, Jun 15, 2013

AML moves canoesTwenty people in two canoes left Douglas, AK this spring on their way to Wrangell for the rededication of the Chief Shakes Tribal House, a memorable and long-awaited event in the tribal community. Alaska Marine Lines donated the transportation of the canoes from Seattle to Juneau in support of the event and its organizers, the One People Canoe Society (OPCS). The historic tribal house has been undergoing renovation and a special ceremony was held May 4 to rededicate it in the village of Ka’saan on Prince of Wales Island. Canoe teams from other Southeast Alaska communities paddled to Wrangell and on to the island for the two-day celebration.

“Helping the OPCS was especially gratifying because of the scope of their reach. From Seattle to Yakutat, the group unites all communities, big and small, throughout Southeast Alaska in the cultural activity of paddling traditional canoes. Coordinating this shipment also highlighted the importance of our Alaska Marine Lines service within the various communities in Alaska,” says Jake Maenpa, Alaska Marine Trucking Juneau Service Center Manager.

 

Tags: Alaska, Logistics, Historic, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden donation

Customer recognition for ‘a very outstanding Lynden team’

Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2013

“What a team!” begins a letter from Drew McLaughlin of Marsh Creek, LLC to Chairman Jim Jansen. The letter goes on to praise Lynden Transport employees for exemplary service during a months-long project for Marsh Creek hauling soil from Prudhoe Bay to Anchorage. Marsh Creek is cleaning up contaminated soil around an old test well at the former Umiat Air Force Station in the Arctic Circle. Lynden hauled more than 100 truckloads from the remote site which is 140 miles from Deadhorse.

“Placing the equipment in this setting, staging it and keeping up with the demands of our normal Anchorage, Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay lanes was challenging but Jack Morad and our operations group planned in advance for this project. They did a fantastic job of meeting Marsh Creek’s needs while keeping our other customers’ supply chains flowing,” says Matt Malone, Account Executive in Anchorage. Umiat is known as one of the coldest places in the U.S. At times, temperatures at the job site plunged to 60 degrees below zero. According to Matt, Marsh Creek operators tore a steel loader bucket while digging dirt out of the frozen ground.

“I would like to thank the whole Lynden road, yard, administrative and management teams in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay for their outstanding efforts and expertise in teaming, communication, customer assistance and respect. They provided not just a needed service but a valuable resource that allowed us to meet our budget and schedule without any incidents, accidents or near-miss events,” Drew writes. “Kindest thanks for all your team provides to us and for the great customer service that always goes with it.”

Marsh Cat Train

Tags: Anchorage, Prudhoe Bay, Logistics, Customer Service, Lynden Transport

Alaska Marine Lines loads drill rig supply vessel in record time

Posted on Mon, May 27, 2013

In the latest example of LyndenThe Alaska Marine Lines’ crew loads the M/V Sovereign at the Seattle dock. teamwork, Alaska Marine Lines assisted Lynden International in meeting the needs of customer Furie Operating Alaska LLC. Lynden International provided support for Furie’s logistical projects in Alaska’s oil patch. “In this particular case, Furie needed a stevedore in the Pacific Northwest to load drilling supplies on a ship,” explains Mark Gaska, Seattle Terminal Manager at Alaska Marine Lines. “They had the M/V Sovereign on lease from Ocean Marine Services bound for Nikiski. Our job was to load the heavy wall casing, hammers, assorted collars and other gear.” It was Alaska Marine Lines’ first chance to load a drill rig supply vessel. “We recognized the importance of this venture to Lynden’s commitment to support oil and gas exploration projects, and we adjusted our schedule accordingly to exceed Furie’s expectations. We were able to get them out of Seattle 24 hours ahead of schedule.”

Mark later received a thank you from M.B. Steen, Purchasing and Logistics Manager of Furie Operating, LLC. “I want to thank you for helping us get out of Seattle a day earlier. This really helped us understand the meaning of logistics,” he wrote.

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Oil Industry, Logistics, Lynden International

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

‘North Pole’ shipment requires thinking outside the box

Posted on Mon, Jan 07, 2013

Wood poles“This project was a little out of the ordinary,” explains Lynden Transport Account Representative Matt Malone. Matt got a chance to display the Lynden brand of customer service when he received a call from a customer about shipping 172 wood poles via truck – some measuring 110 feet long – from Carlton, OR to Alaska. “After discussing the pros and cons of moving the poles over the road, we talked about alternative and more economical methods like putting them on rail cars, railing them on the barge and barging them over the water to a drop site. This was a foreign concept to the customer, so Allison Griffith and I got to work putting the multi-modal project together.”

The poles sent to Cooper Landing will be used for rebuilding the oldest sections of the 50-year-old power line connecting Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula.

"Pacific Wood Preservers, Sea Pac Transportation, The Alaska Railroad, Wesco and Alcan Electric were all very pleasant to work with and provided teamwork on this project," Matt says. "This goes to show how thinking outside the box and providing our customers with a variety of options can result in a successful outcome."

 

Tags: Logistics, Lynden Transport

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