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Toyota names Lynden Transport Carrier of the Year for second year

Posted on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

For the second consecutive year, Toyota named Lynden Transport its Small/Support Carrier of the Year. Lynden was selected from 78 other carriers for providing excellent service in shipping Toyota parts throughout North America. “I am very proud of our team,” says Regional Sales Manager Bill Johansen. “This is a great accomplishment – especially two years in a row.”


2012 Toyota Award
Bill Johansen (center) with Nancy Greenburg and Jason Chappell of Toyota.

“Through rain, snow, sleet, ice, high seas and occasional landslides and floods, this carrier makes the deliveries, on time and with near zero damage,” reads Lynden’s nomination from Toyota. “They provide great account management, operational support and communication.  They work in precision with our shipping facilities and supporting logistics providers.  To them, this level of service is nothing special; it’s just part of being a member of the team.”    

Tags: Shipping and project logistics, Toyota Logistics Partner, Freight logistics, Lynden Transport

Last-minute military move completed without a hitch

Posted on Tue, Aug 07, 2012

Military moveLynden Transport recently moved 14 vehicles from Fort Richardson to Fort Greely, AK, on short notice to support the training and deployment of a bomb disposal unit to Afghanistan. “We were contacted two days before the move was to take place and because of the short timeline, weights and dimensions couldn’t be verified. We were also dealing with road restrictions,” explains Michael Forsythe, Account Manager at Lynden Transport in Anchorage. “We enlisted the aid of our sister company Alaska West Express for two of the loads.”

On load-out day, the Lynden team discovered the weights and dimensions did not include the attachments on the vehicles. “This presented major challenges with weight restrictions,” Michael says. “We scrambled to get the correct equipment on very short notice, and Alaska West Express ended up round-tripping the team they sent down from Fairbanks. If it wasn’t for the experience and professionalism of the team we assembled, I doubt this could’ve been pulled off.”

Bomb disposal unit military move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Driver Brian Azmus with one of the loads.

Tags: Shipping and project logistics, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport, Alaska

A weighty problem solved for Iowa customer

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012

Oversized shipmentLynden International Business Development Manager Ken Davis is fond of telling customers “Never walk away from a project. There is always someone that can help.” That someone is usually Lynden.  Ken and Sheila Culwell at the Boston office and LaDonna Blackwell in Houston stepped in to help an Iowa manufacturer with an oversized international shipment.

"They had gone to other transportation companies and they just couldn’t produce the results,” Ken says.  The customer needed to move a huge mold to their plant in China from the Iowa facility. “With our experience moving oil equipment of odd sizes I knew we had the knowledge and contacts to get the job done,” Ken explains. “The crate was 132-feet-long and weighed 20,000 pounds. That meant a special flatbed trailer with permits and routes mapped out.  That is not something that you normally drive through a city!” Oversized trucking

Ken and LaDonna mapped out the route, picked up the shipment in Iowa and trucked it to the Port of Houston where it was loaded onto a breakbulk carrier into Taicang, China. The ship sailed in April and the mold arrived in Shanghai in May.

 

 

 

Tags: Lynden International, Shipping and project logistics, Oversize freight

Projects team arranges air charter of lifeboats to Russia

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Lynden’s International Projects Team moves a variety of cargo to offshore rig platforms – even lifeboats.  Last year, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) needed two lifeboats delivered to the Molikpaq Drilling Platform off the coast of Sakhalin. Alexander Pershanin, Logistics Supervisor of Lynden’s Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk office AmRusTrans, was asked to provide pricing and a logistics plan to move the boats from Poland and additional gear from Germany to the rig base.   

“SEIC wanted both lifeboatLifeboatss flown to Sakhalin and the only aircraft that could handle the full load was an Antonov-124,” explains LaDonna Blackwell, Director of Global Projects for Lynden International in Houston. “It was more cost effective to consolidate the cargo from both locations in Warsaw. Because of airport equipment and runway limitations, special permissions were required ahead of time to land the AN-124 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.”  

To add to the challenge, the lifeboats were needed within a week. “The lifeboats were ready on April 30, but had to be at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and customs cleared before May 6,” Alexander says.  “Poland was celebrating a holiday on May 3 and Russia from May 7– 9, so we had a very tight window to load and receive the cargo. The manufacturers allowed us to load on April 29 which gave us the weekend to make the two-day trip to Warsaw.” 

The plan was for the aircraft to make one stop in Moscow and then proceed to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The plane arrived in Sakhalin the morning of May 5, right on time. After offloading and clearance, the lifeboats were delivered to the Kholmsk Shore Base for ocean transport to the drilling platform (see photo above).   

According to Alexander, Lynden partner Maurice Ward was a valuable asset with the trucking, customs clearance and communication with the boarding agents.  Lynden International has two offices in Russia operating as AmRusTrans; one in Moscow and the second in the Russian Far East on Sakhalin Island. 

Tags: Lynden International, Shipping and project logistics, Russia

Lynden Voted a Top 100 3PL Provider by Inbound Logistics Editors

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011

The Lynden family of companies was chosen as one of the Top 100 third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) by editors of Inbound Logistics magazine. Editors selected the companies from hundreds of contenders, choosing only those that offer the diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet readers' unique supply chain and logistics needs.

Inbound Logistics - July coverInbound Logistics' Top 100 3PL Providers list serves as a qualitative assessment of service providers. Each year, editors solicit questionnaires from more than 400 3PLs, detailing the services they provide and their areas of expertise. The magazine also polls more than 5,000 3PL users with a similar series of questions to provide a counter-perspective of the forces shaping the industry.

"Whatever the company size – from Fortune 500 to small businesses – world-class logistics performance is crucial. It is impressive to see Lynden providing the kinds of solutions that companies large and small rely on to solve the tactical logistics issues of serving customers better, faster and more efficiently," says Felicia Stratton, Editor of Inbound Logistics magazine.

Lynden's logistical solutions range from remote arctic projects in the most difficult conditions to operating a national pharmaceutical warehouse network and supply chain to hospitals.  Its multi-modal operations and familiarity with customers' materials is a distinct advantage in designing systems for the efficient flow and storage of material and information.  Lynden's system designs include state-of-the-art technologies and processes that have passed SAS 70 standards, and its dedicated truck, marine sealift and air cargo capabilities are put to use in remote areas such as Alaska, Russia and Canada for a variety of customer projects.

"With our family of transportation and logistics companies, we offer global multi-modal services that set us apart from other 3PLs. Our inclusion on the Top 100 list underscores our unique position," says Alex McKallor, Lynden's Executive Vice President of Operations. "We measure our success by the success of our customers. Our logistics partnerships are based on open communications and an innovative approach to solving the most difficult logistical challenges. "

Inbound Logistics is the leading trade magazine targeted toward business logistics and supply chain managers. The magazine's editorial mission is to help companies of all sizes better manage corporate resources by speeding and reducing inventory and supporting infrastructure and better matching demand signals to supply lines. 

Tags: Shipping and project logistics, Inbound Logistics' Top 100 3PL Providers, Awards, Inbound Logistics

The "fine art" of shipping art

Posted on Mon, Aug 08, 2011

Elephant sculptureDave Coles squints into the Arizona sun as he watches a crane operator attach straps to a 40-foot Hapag-Lloyd container. With a whine, the crane’s boom slowly lifts the 18,000-pound box off the ground, pivots and carefully places it onto a waiting lowboy trailer. Visible just above the container’s rim are the undulating shapes of “Warrior” and “Octopus.” Part of the Strange Creatures collection created by internationally known artist Rotraut, the oversized aluminum sculptures are two of seven bound for the port of Los Angeles where they will be loaded onto a ship sailing for Fos Sur Mer, France.

Coles double-checks the container as it is secured for the 375-mile truck trip from Pleasant Valley, AZ to the California coast. It’s been six hours of precise loading – sculptures into container and then container onto trailer. Finally, the truck driver pulls away from the parking lot into the residential neighborhood and disappears around the corner.

Sculpture being wrapped

“These moves are always nerve-wracking due to the irreplaceable nature of the cargo,” he explains. Coles manages Lynden International’s Phoenix office and he says this project took eight weeks of advance planning. “We knew it would be challenging when we went to the studio to measure the sculptures and realized they wouldn’t fit neatly into a regular ocean container. Due to their irregular shape, we had to use an Open-Top container and cover the over-height sculptures with a tarp to protect them as they made their way west.”

The one-of-a-kind sculptures are just some of the many types of art Lynden International moves for Scottsdale art studio Tete A Tete. The studio and its Director Manuel Luiz count on Lynden’s care and attention to detail. “We have worked with Lynden for more than 10 years,” Luiz says. “They have done very well and given us peace of mind in shipping our art all over the world.” With art moves, the standards are high – and exacting.

Sculptures ready for wrapping

“The artists want what they want. The sculptures and paintings are their babies, and we must treat them accordingly,” says Phoenix Sales Manager Paul Till. “The ocean shipment of the sculptures could’ve been handled in a variety of ways, including loading the pieces onto a flatbed and containerizing them at the LA port, but they wanted to load the pieces into the container themselves at precisely 8 a.m. at the studio.”

The studio’s request for an Open-Top container had Lynden staff scrambling to locate one at a rail yard and transport it from Los Angeles to Phoenix by the load date. But as Till explains, “It’s not always about what’s easiest or the most expeditious. It’s about listening to the customer and making it work for them.”

The paintings and sculptures Lynden ships to France, Switzerland and other locales for Tete A Tete are often valued from $50,000 to $200,000 each and the shipments require detailed knowledge of customs rules and regulations. “We are true experts at export and import documentation,” Coles says. “On occasion we have shipped art on a temporary basis for exhibition and arranged for the studio to avoid paying duty tax when the art comes back into the U.S. Those charges can sometimes be as much as $2,000, so our knowledge and experience is an added value for our customers.”

Hoisting sculpture by crane

When it comes to choosing ocean or air, many art studios and artists select ocean for shipping heavy, oversized sculptures or multi-media work. And in the past few years, more customers are exploring ocean transport for economic reasons. Lynden offers specialized service and assistance for those new and returning ocean customers. “They can depend on us to take care of it – we will walk them through it and explain everything,” Coles explains. “We take a lot of steps and precautions to anticipate things that may happen, and we use carriers we know and trust.”

Tete A Tete isn’t Lynden’s only ocean customer, but the art studio certainly puts the staff through its paces and provides a unique showcase for the multi-modal transportation capabilities of the company. “They throw a lot of challenges our way; a lot of outside-the-box stuff, but we actually look forward to it,” Coles says. “Sometimes it requires finding new resources that we aren’t used to, but we start talking to people and beating the bushes, and we always manage to make it work. Isn’t that Lynden’s motto? We make the impossible possible.”

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Shipping and project logistics, Remarkable shipments, Freight logistics, Innovative transportation solutions

Lynden Transport named Toyota Logistics Partner of 2010

Posted on Thu, Jul 14, 2011

After reviewing the performance of all transportation carriers it uses in the U.S., Toyota gave Lynden Transport the highest marks and named the company its Small/Support Logistics Partner of 2010. For more than a decade, Lynden Transport has handled the weekly shipping of Toyota parts from its Fife, WA service center to dealers in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Toyota Logistics partner award
Photo: From left, Bill Johansen of Lynden Transport with Nancy Greenburg and Jason Chappell of Toyota.

“Lynden's ocean service remains unmatched in the industry. No other carrier is able to provide the same level of damage-free, on-time deliveries while maintaining outstanding customer service,” says Nancy Greenburg, Logistics Coordinator for Toyota. “We enjoy the business partnership we have built with Lynden over the years and look forward to many successful years to come.” Lynden is only the second carrier from the Toyota Portland distribution center ever selected for a national award. The award evaluation was based on the following criteria: cost/efficiency, invoicing, account management, safety, quality, damage, on time performance, equipment, manpower availability and process improvements.

“This award is a tribute to our operations and customer service teams for their day-to-day contributions,” says Lynden Transport Regional Sales Manager Bill Johansen. “We were very excited to receive this recognition.”

Tags: Shipping and project logistics, Toyota Logistics Partner, Freight logistics, Lynden Transport, Top Alaskan companies

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: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Shipping and project logistics, Alaska Fish Hatchery, Lynden Transport, Shipping to Alaska

Geothermal well project in King Salmon, Alaska

Posted on Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Three Lynden companies teamed up to support the development of geothermal energy in King Salmon, Alaska. Naknek Electric Association is drilling a 9,000 to 12,000 foot exploration well near King Salmon in hopes of harnassing power to supply 28 villages in Southwest Alaska. Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden International and Lynden Transport provided shipping and project logistics, often on short notice, to meet deadlines for assembling the drill rig and prepping it for drilling.

Geothermal well project

Lynden International handled the oversized shipping of a 15-foot, 4,000-pound replacement shaft for the drill rig from Houston to Anchorage. Lynden Transport took over in Anchorage, picking up the shaft and delivering it to a fabrication shop. Other overnight shipments for the project included two 2,600-pound motors for the drill rig picked up in Houston on a Saturday to have it in the customer's hands on a Monday morning.

If the wells are successful, the clean energy produced would replace 3.5 million gallons of diesel fuel now used to generate electricity in Naknek. This is a groundbreaking effort for Alaska and Lynden employees were proud to help get the project off the ground.

 

From the Lynden Archives: This story was originally written in November 2009.

Tags: Lynden International, Shipping and project logistics, Oversize shipping, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Shipping to Alaska, Oversize freight

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