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Drill rig move includes ice road delivery to Kuparuk

Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Long-time customer Nabors Drilling called on Lynden Transport earlier this year to move 72 loads for its rig “99” relocation project in the Kuparuk oil field. The move was a challenge with some loads weighing around 85,000 pounds and five that measured 14-feet wide.

“We started loading on Jan. 2 in Nikiski near Kenai and had 21 loads ready on the first day,” explains Justus Uphus, Lynden Transport Kenai Manager. “There was a delay on the receiving end when the drilling pad wasn’t ready, so Nabors decided to engineer and fit new wind-walls onto the lower part of the rig. We unloaded most of the loads that we had ready and had to start over two weeks later.”

Once the loads arrived at Prudhoe Bay, the second leg of the journey began. The ice pad destination was another three hours west of the Lynden office in Deadhorse, including an hour of driving over an ice road onto the Colville River Delta. The trucks, led by a pilot car, were in a convoy to the ice pad for the seven-hour roundtrip.

“Nabors Drilling was very impressed with how the move went from start to finish,” says Ryan Anderson, City Dispatcher at Prudhoe Bay. “The Kenai crew deserves a lot of credit. The most painstaking part of a rig move is the loading portion, and they did a great job. It made for a smooth delivery on our end. Our team at Prudhoe Bay also did a fantastic job getting the loads delivered in the specific order and time frame that the customer requested.”

Alaska West Express helped out by bringing up five heavy haul loads of generator units to power the rig, each weighing around 78,000 pounds. Justus singled out Kenai Operations Manager Justin Cooley and the Anchorage dispatch team for their expertise coordinating the movement of the rig out of Nikiski. “This project was another Lynden team effort resulting in a satisfied customer,” he says.

Tags: Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Energy, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Project Logistics, Ground

Lynden Logistics expands network with new service center in Edmonton

Posted on Wed, Jan 02, 2013

Lynden Logistics, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, opened a new service center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on January 1st. The new location adds a strategic link to Lynden's North American and Canadian network and will meet the increasing demand for transportation and logistics services for Canada's oil and gas industry.

Lynden International Oil Industry

"Lynden has served Canada for many years through Lynden Transport in Edmonton, Calgary and Whitehorse and we are pleased to now introduce Lynden's Logistics services to our customers in the Alberta market," says Rob Clarke, Lynden International's Canadian Business Development Director. "We are expanding our long-established truck transportation offerings to include import and export services, freight forwarding, customs brokerage and logistics and warehousing to support oil patch customers who are taking advantage of the booming oil sands development. We also offer customers the capabilities of Lynden's worldwide forwarding and logistics network with its trademark customer service, advanced technologies and solutions tailored to meet customer's individual logistical needs. This service center will give new customers greater transportation options and improve service to our existing customers."

The new service center is located at the Edmonton International Airport in Nisku, AB. Lynden has locations all across Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Erie, Toronto and Vancouver. As an international air and ocean freight forwarder with more than 50 locations in North America, Lynden Logistics offers customs clearance and works with U.S. and Canadian customs, carriers, suppliers, vendors and buyers to arrange air, ocean or truck transportation anywhere in the world.

Tags: Freight Forwarding, Canada, Lynden Logistics, Energy, 3PL

Projects team arranges air charter of lifeboats to Russia

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Lynden’s Logistics 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 Logistics 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 Logistics has two offices in Russia operating as AmRusTrans; one in Moscow and the second in the Russian Far East on Sakhalin Island. 

Tags: Freight Forwarding, Lynden Logistics, Energy, Project Logistics, Air, Multi-Modal, International

"Exploring the Alaska-Washington Connection" hits home for Lynden

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

Alaska-Washington ConnectionPetroleum Newspapers of Alaska, based in Anchorage, Alaska, recently released "Exploring the Alaska-Washington Connection 2011", the most recent edition of their annual publication.

As a multi-modal transportation company pioneering the way between Washington and Alaska for over 50 years, Lynden’s name shows up throughout the magazine. We are proud to serve our customers and communities in Alaska, Washington, and throughout the world.

 


You can read more about Lynden's activities on the following pages of the magazine:

Page 6: Mining activity is also an important lifeline for numerous Alaska and Washington transportation companies, like Lynden Inc.

Page 18: Lynden, for example, provides trucking services for Capstone Mining Corp.’s Minto Mine in west-central Yukon Territory.

Page 28: The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing wind energy to the nation’s small communities...an effort that Lynden is supporting with an offer to transport wind turbines and towers to 14 communities in Alaska.

Page 36: Alaska Airlines, Lynden Inc. and other businesses have taken numerous steps in recent years to reduce their environmental footprints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Lynden, Alaska, Energy, Mining, Ground

Challenging Arctic Wolf drill rig move completed by Lynden

Posted on Thu, Jul 21, 2011

Canadian Lynden Transport and Lynden Transport handled a move from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Edmonton, Alberta for customer Akita Drilling this spring. The Arctic Wolf drill rig consisted of 32 loads, including six weighing 90,000 to 110,000 pounds each. These challenging loads were coordinated by Prudhoe Bay Manager Jesse Burget and his crew and moved to Fairbanks. Tom Cox, Larry Johnson and Lonnie Young secured the loads in Fairbanks making them road ready for movement into Canada. Timing was important as seasonal road restrictions were about to go into effect that would delay the heaviest loads from transport to Edmonton.

Artic Wolf drill rig move

“The Prudhoe Bay, Fairbanks and Edmonton crews did a great job making it all happen,” says Lynden Transport Manager Mark Graves. The last and heaviest load of the entire rig made it to Edmonton one day before the restrictions were in place.

“We moved this rig north about four years ago for the customer,” says Canadian Lynden Transport President Walter Rakiewich, “so it was nice to get the repeat business.”

Artic drill rig move from Edmonton

From left, Tom Cox, Larry Johnson and Lonnie Young with the substructure for the Arctic Wolf drill rig in Fairbanks.

Tags: Canada, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Energy, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Ground

Find Lynden at the Calgary Oil & Gas Show: June 7th - 9th

Posted on Tue, May 31, 2011

Lynden will have a booth at the Gas & Oil Expo and Conference in Calgary on June 7th - 9th. The conference "focuses on the latest technology surrounding conventional and unconventional gas & oil".

We will be available at Booth #1229 and look forward to answering your transportation and logistics questions. See you there!

Interested in learning more before the show? View our Oil & Gas video:


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Tags: Lynden Transport, Energy

Lynden Transport Expands Service to Oklahoma and North Dakota

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2011
Lynden Transport truck -green 1200x630In response to customer and industry demand, Lynden Transport is offering new scheduled Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service to Oklahoma and North Dakota. Starting March 1, Lynden Transport trucks will depart twice weekly from Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa bound for Williston, ND and points in Alaska and Canada 
 
 

Lynden Transport has supported the oil industry for years with Alaska Alcan Highway Service departing twice weekly from Houston and Dallas and return service to Texas departing from Fairbanks, AK.

"The oil industry in North Dakota and Oklahoma is booming, and we made these service changes to give our customers more choices with departures and arrivals. We also would like to help customers who may want to venture into these markets and take advantage of new opportunities. We have extensive experience moving equipment, supplies and oversized freight in support of the oil industry in Texas, Alaska and Canada, so this is a logical next step for us. We anticipate North Dakota to be an extremely busy trade lane," says Sherri Brown, Regional Manager for Lynden Transport in Houston.

The new routes are the latest addition to Lynden Transport's other service improvements which include a Mobile Shipping App, online GPS tracking maps, Dynamic Routing, and Predictive Delivery, a service providing customers up-to-date delivery times for their shipments in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau and Ketchikan.


Tags: Lynden Transport, Alaska, Energy, LTL, Truckload

Trucking a 75,000 lb spool? All in a day's work.

Posted on Tue, Oct 12, 2010

This 75,000-pound tubing spool is headed north on the Dalton Highway via Alaska West Express. According to Project Specialist Steve Willford, this particular spool for customer Nabors Drilling was lighter than usual.

Nabors Drilling spool


The larger tubing spools are 15 feet in diameter and range in weight from 55,000 to 90,000 pounds, depending on the type of tubing. Alaska West Express has moved specialized coils, both on round spools and on more specialized work reels, with weights ranging from 100,000 to 120,000 pounds. The heavier spools are transported on lowboys with additional axles to distribute the weight.

 “We regularly haul tubing spools that come into our yard on rail cars. They are unloaded and stored for transport to the North Slope as needed,” he explains. “Our primary customer is Schlumberger, but we also have occasional spools that belong to Nabors Drilling.”

The smaller tubing spools measure 135 inches in diameter and weigh 40,000 to 45,000 pounds. “This is just another day’s work for most of our yard workers and drivers,” Steve says. “This is the type of service we provide our customers on an everyday basis.”

Tags: Alaska West Express, Alaska, Energy, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Ground

CH2M Hill utilizes Lynden for time-sensitive freight.

Posted on Fri, May 21, 2010

This spring CH2M Hill needed a drill rig transported from Kenai to Prudhoe Bay within 48 hours. The catch: the rig consisted of 21 loads - all hot shot.

The Lynden crew in Kenai quickly mobilized for the two-day rush. Customer Service Representative Danette Goode and Operations Manager Boyd Jorgensen set to work on the load-out. Service Center Manager John Jansen handled details at the Prudhoe Bay Service Center.

"This was a super fast track move and, at 21 loads, quite a challenge," says Lynden Transport Account Manager Sam Amato. "We couldn't have done it without the efforts of Boyd and Danette."

Boyd, in turn, recognized drivers Jason Toliver, David Martinsen and Rusty Deckard for their dedication to getting the loads on the road. "They made sure everything arrived smoothly on-site," he says. Kenai Service Center Manager Kyle Fisher summed it up, saying "Great employees and teamwork are what make Lynden so effective in situations like this. Everyone has a positive attitude and is willing to work together to make it happen for our customers."

CH2M Hill - Drill rig move
(One of the 21 CH2M Hill loads arrives in Prudhoe Bay)

Sam was at Prudhoe Bay when the first loads arrived and later met with the CH2M Hill team that had flown in to assemble the drill rig. "They came to us with a very time-sensitive project and trusted us to get it done," he says. "In the oil business, idle equipment costs money. They were extremely happy that Lynden was able to meet the challenge."

When the project was complete, Lynden moved the rig south from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski, Alaska, for CH2M Hill. The project required 26 loads this time, instead of 21, due to road and weight restrictions. Loads went from Prudhoe to the Fairbanks yard where Lynden split them into smaller sizes for the final leg to Kenai-Nikiski.

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How's your work commute? Sam Amato sent in this photo looking down the haul road (Dalton Highway, connecting Livengood to Deadhorse over 414 miles).

Haul Road - Dalton Highway

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Energy, Oversized/Heavy Haul

Heavy haul capabilities increased with new equipment

Posted on Tue, May 04, 2010

Canadian Lynden Transport stepped up service in February with the addition of a 60-ton step deck to its fleet. The new trailer is 3,000 pounds lighter than the one currently in service, but can carry more weight -- approximately 10 tons more. It has an expanding axle system to handle heavy haul loads over the Alcan and a lower floor height so drivers can haul taller loads than before.

Heavy haul trailer

Now that the Tok Bridge replacement is done, trucks can carry more weight on the Alaska Highway. The new trailer couldn't have come at a better time. Oil field customers can use versatile new equipment like this for drill rig moves between Alberta, B.C. and the Port of Houston. Home base for the new step deck is Edmonton so it can fan out to any location for customer use.

From the Lynden Archives: The article was originally written in March 2010. 

Tags: Canada, Lynden Transport, United States, Energy, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Ground