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Alaska Marine Lines prepared for heavy herring shipments this season

Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013

Herring opening in SitkaHerring season has arrived in Southeast Alaska.  Each year, fishermen eagerly await the opening of the Sitka Sound Herring season.  The fish is a valued commodity in Japan and where most of the product is shipped in foreign export containers.  Alaska Marine Lines positions the necessary equipment northbound to support this market every year.  “This year’s forecast was 11,500 tons and most likely will be caught in four openings, processed at plants in Southeast Alaska (Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell) and sent south on the Alaska Marine Lines barge back to Seattle and markets beyond,” explains Patrick Crosby, Alaska Marine Lines Account Representative in Seattle. This photo is from opening day of the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery.

Tags: Seafood, Alaska, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Ocean, AML

It's salmon season in Alaska!

Posted on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

AML moves ice barge for Copper River Seafoods in Cordova resized 600

A sure sign of spring in Alaska is when the world-renowned Copper River Salmon season begins in mid-May. Alaska Marine Lines, along with other Lynden companies, plays a big part in bringing this fish to market via its well-placed Cordova Service Center. This year is no different as Alaska Marine Lines helped coordinate the move of a 66-foot-long, 17-foot-wide and 13-foot-high ice barge for Copper River Seafoods in Cordova. “The barge was originally supposed to come up the Duwamish River in Seattle and be craned from the water, but due to a backlog of work at the Port Townsend Shipyard, it had to be trucked to us in the middle of the night,” explains Account Representative Patrick Crosby. “Our yard crew craned the barge to a 53-foot platform and then set about fashioning a cradle to support the barge for its 1,400-mile-plus trip to Cordova via Whittier.” The platform was then placed on a chassis so it could be moved on and off the barge. Copper River will use the barge in Prince William Sound to hold and deliver ice to the fisherman to keep their catch of salmon cool and fresh.

Above: Ryan Tranholt (left) and Mana Mitchell maneuver the ice barge at the Seattle yard.



Tags: Seafood, Alaska, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Ocean, AML

Senator Begich visits Lynden booth in Boston

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2012

Boston Trade ShowAlaska is a big player in the world seafood market, and Lynden showed its support of the industry by attending the annual Boston International Seafood Show in March. “This is our third year exhibiting our services and products. It’s a great cross-company event,” says Greg Obeso of Lynden Logistics. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell stopped by the booth as well as Alaska Senator Mark Begich.


From left to right: Dennis Mitchell and Kevin Adderson, Lynden Logistics; Ron Beach, Movers; Senator Begich, Greg Obeso, Lynden Logistics; Dan Bonney, Alaska Marine Lines and Alan Hartgraves, Brown Line.  

Tags: Lynden, Seafood, Lynden Logistics

Lynden Transport moves construction materials for new fish hatchery

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010

Lynden Transport trucks have been rolling in and out of a construction site this summer hauling panels, joists and steel for a new fish hatchery near Anchorage. The $96 million Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery will open in June 2011 on the north bank of Ship Creek and will rear rainbow trout, Chinook and Coho salmon, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling for the state’s anglers.

Kiewit fish hatchery tanks

Lynden has been transporting construction materials for contractor Kiewit Building Group to build a 141,511-square-foot building that will house 105 circular fish tanks. Lynden drivers have transported steel and aquaculture tanks and equipment from British Columbia, deck and joist from Washington and insulated panels from California.

“We started the job in the summer of 2009 by hauling 20 truckloads of steel sheet piles to stabilize the area for building,” says Paul Friese, Alaska Sales Manager for Lynden Transport. “I have managed many projects for Kiewit over my 20 years, and each job is unique. On this one, we have been able to assist Kiewit with managing the site's limited storage capacity.” 

Kiewit fish hatchery building

According to Kiewit General Superintendent W. Scott Davis, Lynden has always been professional and reliable. “When moving and tracking freight, especially materials critical to the project’s schedule, it’s nice to be able to trust that deliveries will be made as scheduled,” he says. 

It’s estimated that nearly three of four rainbows pulled from Alaska streams and lakes grew up in one of Alaska's fish hatcheries. Hatcheries are responsible for 70 percent of the rainbows and 20 percent of the king salmon caught in the state.

Fourteen employees staffing the facility will incubate and rear the fish in tanks ranging from 2 feet to up to 26 feet in diameter. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the first fish developed at the new hatchery will be grayling and rainbow trout fingerling next summer, with the first rainbow trout hitting local lakes in the spring of 2012.

The new hatchery will serve the state's need for 30 to 50 years. Instead of transferring fish from the old facility to the new one, biologists will begin with eggs at the William Jack Hernandez Hatchery to minimize the risk of disease. “Many Lynden employees love to fish Alaska’s waters, so this project was a great fit for us,” Paul says. 

Tags: Seafood, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Project Logistics, Ground, Construction