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Amphibious craft gets multi-modal ride all the way to Barrow

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013

Fully assembledAlaska Marine Trucking, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Transport and Lynden Air Cargo all played a role in the multi-modal move of an amphibious unit from Southeast Alaska to Barrow. Working together, the Lynden team moved the prototype machine and its equipment from Ketchikan to Haines via ferry, Haines to Anchorage via truck and Anchorage to Barrow, the northernmost city in the U.S., via air.

Customer Service Representative Lisa Adams coordinated the booking and logistics with the support of Alaska Marine Trucking employees Kathleen Gamble, George Mitchell and Keith Nelson who handled tasks including loading the unit on a flat in Ketchikan. “Bill Gallaway scheduled loading and took measurements with me and Kathleen in Juneau gave pricing and made driving arrangements to get the unit to Anchorage,” Lisa says.

The machine is a prototype built by Randy Johnson and his son Tyler of Tyler Rental in Ketchikan. Organizations have expressed interest in using the unit for search and rescue and oil spill response among other things. “This move was extremely critical due to the requirements of our contract to demonstrate the unit to the U.S. Coast Guard in Barrow,” Randy explains. “We were very pleased with the support provided by the Lynden team". 

The logistical plan including loading the machine at the manufacturing facility in Ketchikan and transporting it to Alaska Marine Lines for loading onto a 40-foot flat. Transport out of Ketchikan was challenging. The amphibious craft was loaded onto a ferry. A Lynden driver met the ferry in Haines to haul the unusual machine on the next leg to Anchorage for loading on a Lynden Air Cargo Hercules. 

Once in Anchorage, the machine was transloaded again onto a special trailer that Lynden uses for loading the Hercules.  It was a tight fit inside the Herc as Lynden’s maximum height for cargo is 8 feet, 9 inches high and 9 feet wide inside the plane. The flat was slid into the plane on custom skids placed on each side. 

Tyler rode as a courier on the Herc. “Once we arrived in Barrow around midnight, we placed our craft on the tarmac and began assembly the day after,” he says.  After its journey north, the ‘Amphib’ was back in Anchorage for a few weeks where Tyler was offering demonstrations. 

Tags: Multi-modal shipping, Alaska Marine Trucking, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Transport

Lynden companies team up for mining haul in Yukon, U.S. and Canada

Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2012

Last year, four Lynden companies teamed up on a project to transport lead and zinc ore concentrate from the Yukon Territory to Washington and then deliver it to its final destination in Trail, B.C. Alaska Marine Lines, Canadian Lynden Transport, LTI, Inc. and Alaska Marine Trucking began transporting two-ton bags in November 2010 then, in March 2011, switched to specially designed ore containers.Transporting Ore Pots

Canadian Lynden Transport’s Whitehorse operation trucks the ore concentrate 400 miles from the Bellekeno Mine site in the Yukon Territory to Skagway, AK, where it is loaded onto Alaska Marine Lines barges by Alaska Marine Trucking. Once the barges reach Seattle, LTI Inc.’s Moses Lake operation picks up the huge ore pots and delivers them to a smelter in Trail, B.C. 

The ore is carried in 16-ton pots moved three at a time on a B-train chassis from the Yukon to Alaska at a total weight of 170,000 pounds. In Washington and British Columbia they are carried two at a time for a total weight of 105,000 pounds (see photo).

The new contract is keeping the LTI, Inc. Moses Lake crew busy. "This has been an interesting project for us,” says Regional Manager Vance Jansen. “It's a good example of the efficiencies that come from multiple Lynden companies working together." Lynden International also plays a role by filing customs entries.

Tags: Multi-modal shipping, LTI Inc., Alaska Marine Trucking, Alaska Marine Lines, Innovative transportation solutions, Canadian Lynden Transport

Lynden's innovative multi-modal plan shaves weeks off delivery

Posted on Tue, Aug 02, 2011

Earlier this year, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport and Bering Marine Corporation teamed up to move a valuable rocket motor from Elkta, MD to Kodiak, AK for government contractor ATK. It was the first commercial move of its type to the launch facility and was completed in just five days compared to the usual three-week turnaround.

Innovative move

“Instead of shipping to Seattle and barging as this unit had moved previously, we proposed to truck the unit to Homer, AK inside a Lynden Transport heated van and use the Arctic Seal Bering Marine landing craft to haul the truck and trailer to Kodiak for transport to the launch facility,” explains Jim Earl, Terminal Manager for Alaska West Express in Tacoma. Due to the explosive material in the motor, Alaska West Express was required to maintain a controlled temperature and shock recorder environment on the journey north. Satellite tracking and dual drivers were also used because of the sensitivity of the unit. The innovative delivery plan allowed the truck to stay hooked to the trailer as it was carried across on the Arctic Seal saving the customer almost two weeks of transit time.

multi-modal shipment

Alaska West Express Drivers Dan and Michelle Henry carefully moved the unit up the highway, and Bering Marine Captain Jack Rasmussen and the Arctic Seal crew sailed across the gulf to Kodiak. The rocket motor was rated explosive hazard class so multiple permits were required by both the U.S. and Canada. “Jim Maltby and Alan Hoza jumped through some major hoops to secure permits on short notice, and Scott Hicks did a great job with highway-marine coordination and communicating with the customer,” Jim says. “It was nice to see Lynden teamwork in action, and it appears that we have secured a repeat customer."

Tags: Bering Marine Corporation, Multi-modal shipping, Alaska West Express, Freight logistics, Lynden Transport, Innovative transportation solutions

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