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U.S. Army transportation group visits Alaska Marine Lines

Posted on Thu, Mar 08, 2012

This past fall, the 833D Transportation Battalion of the Army took a trip across the Duwamish River from their headquarters building in Seattle for a tour of Alaska Marine Lines. The Army has been a customer for many years, according to Alaska Marine Lines Military-Intermodal Coordinator Dawn Tompkins.  “We ship everything anywhere from Texarkana, TX or Tobyhanna, PA to Eielson AFB. The tour was part of the Battalion’s Professional Development Training,” she says. “They are visiting the local carriers that transport cargo for the military contract. Seeing our operations and understanding what we do helps them better understand how their cargo is handled and transported.”

833D Transportation Battalion of the ArmyThe tour included viewing cargo equipment designed and built by Alaska Marine Lines to improve the efficiency of hauling products like frozen fish, a slide show presentation and a chance to watch the loading of the rail barge.

“As a professional development training event, this was one of the very best that we’ve had to date,” says Gerald Yale of the Department of Army Civilian (DAC). “Everything from the slide presentation in your conference room to the on-site loading/discharge operations of your barge were interesting and informative.  Thanks again for all your time and effort in hosting the 833D U.S. Army Transportation BN.” AML also hosted a tour in 2009 for members of the 833rd combined with a group from the Army’s headquarters in Scott AFB in Illinois.

833rd Battalion to Lynden employees

Lieutenant Colonel John Redinger presents the official coin of the 833rd Battalion to Dawn Tompkins and Mark Gaska (center) as a token of appreciation for the tour.

Tags: Cargo transportation, Alaska Marine Lines

Lynden companies haul road salt for the WSDOT, help keep winter roads safe

Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2012

Lynden companies once again provided salt to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to keep roadways ice-free and safe for motorists. This past year, a ship departed from Chile loaded with 58,000 tons of road de-icer salt and arrived in Seattle where the salt was transferred to an Alaska Marine Lines barge for delivery to the Seattle dock. “It is great to see all the planning and teamwork come together in a perfectly timed delivery, ready for the first of the winter storms,” says Cindy Sheehan, Alaska Marine Lines Customer Service Manager.

The salt is delivered to various locations across the state throughout the winter months. LTI, Inc. is filling early season orders from its Moses Lake, Salt Ship from ChileWA stockpile and the Lynden, WA service center has been coordinating loads from a supplier in Vancouver, BC.  LTI, Inc. drivers are also hauling salt in dump trucks when they return from deliveries of magnetite to Salt Lake City. In the photo above, Western Towboat’s vessel Western 7 heads to Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle to deliver the first load of salt this season.                                              Photo courtesy of Paul Maxwell

Tags: Cargo transportation, Alaska Marine Lines, Remarkable shipments, WSDOT

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