Lynden continued its tradition of donating transportation of food and supplies for the 2018 Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race this winter by participating in the annual Fairbanks Food Drop event in January. Alaska West Express Drivers Brian Ambrose and James Elliott picked up freight in Whitehorse to support the mushers and their dog teams. Lynden Transport is also an event sponsor. Canadian Lynden Transport Dispatcher Deanna Benson received a call from race organizer Alex Olesen one day. "He said his uncle was curious about how things were going with the shipment," Deanna says. "The uncle turned out to be Lynden retiree Steven Reilly. What a small world!" Image from the Yukon Quest video. View the video and the food drop process at https://youtu.be/t5ijcCWoTvk?t=45.
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At Lynden, special handling can mean many things. In this case it involved a personal escort with special military clearance to accompany a shipment from Fort Dix, NJ to Moldova, a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe. "This particular project was a perfect fit for us," explains Daniel Gotham, Lynden International's Director of Business Development for Western Russia/CIS. "The customer, DCMA Hartford Defense Contracts Management Agency, is part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) shipping platform. Lynden Air Cargo is a CRAF carrier and Lynden International is Lynden Air Cargo's exclusive forwarding partner for all CRAF shipments through U.S. Transportation Command.
Lynden International QHSE Manager Gregg Bergstrom accompanied six pallets of cargo to Moldova for DCMA. "Our experience in shipping to U.S. military locations and points worldwide came into play for this project," Daniel says. Gregg learned about the project on a Thursday and needed to leave on Monday due to previous delays with paperwork and the original contracted escort.
"My first response was 'I've never heard of Moldova' followed by 'what can I do to help?'" he says. Gregg escorted the freight from Fort Dix to JFK Airport by truck then to Vienna by air. From Vienna, it was back to truck transport through Romania to the final destination in Moldova. "It was my first time escorting cargo. It was an interesting experience, and I'm glad I could help," he says.
Lynden 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.