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Lynden International celebrates 20 years in Russia

Posted on Thu, Oct 03, 2013

AmRusTrans logoLynden International recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of doing business in Russia. AmRusTrans, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lynden with offices in Moscow and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, has been operating in Russia since 1993. It offers shipping to, from and within Russia including air, ocean, rail, truck and barge capabilities.

“We are proud of our long-standing presence in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and look forward to serving our international customers in this region for many years to come,” says Lynden International President David Richardson. “We offer turn-key solutions for any transportation or logistics need and understand the unique challenges of doing business with government agencies, carriers and customers. Over two decades, we have honed our services, completed many projects and are now considered the experts in Russian transportation and logistics services.”

Lynden International logoAccording to Pavel Mayorov, AmRusTrans Station Manager in Moscow, Lynden’s local service and knowledgeable staff set it apart from competitors. “Our team knows Russia’s business practices and government regulations, and we have established relationships with air, ocean and ground carriers and industry experts,” he explains. “We routinely coordinate air and ocean shipments from global locations to St. Petersburg and other points in Russia.”

Lynden serves a variety of industries – from retail to oil and gas – providing a wide range of expertise to, from, and within Russia and the CIS. Services include intra-country and international import and export services plus a staff well-versed in Russian documentation regulations. Lynden’s array of services, including moving heavy equipment, warehousing and cross-docking, help customers reduce the risk of delays and added expenses.


Tags: Lynden International, AmRusTrans, Russia

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

Massive drill rig move to Russia requires Lynden teamwork

Posted on Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Quick, what's a mud tank?

If you're not sure, let us enlighten you. A mud tank is a piece of machinery used in a drill rig. As in drilling for oil. In Western Siberia.

EPCO Mud Tank
(EPCO Mud Tank)

Lynden International and Canadian Lynden Transport recently teamed up on an international drill rig move for Equipment Procurement Company Limited (EPCO) out of Calgary with a final destination of Siberia. The mobile drill rig consisted of 14 pieces and four containers of parts -- the most impressive being a 93,000-pound rig carrier and mast that required special permits and an 11-axle trailer truck combo to move it over the road.

EPCO Rig Carrier
(EPCO Rig Carrier)

The oversized loads and the proper documentation to move the freight in and out of three countries was challenging, but nothing too unusual for the Lynden team. The loads went from Calgary to the Port of Houston and were then loaded aboard a ship bound for St. Petersburg, Russia. Once there, they were transferred to rail for the final leg to the oilfields in Western Siberia.

Ship and Truck

Drill rig move - on ship

Truck on ship

Lynden is well represented in Russia and well versed in international project shipping. Lynden International operates as AmRusTrans with offices in Moscow and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.


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

Tags: Lynden International, AmRusTrans, Russia, Oversize shipping, Oil Industry, Drilling Rig, Oversize freight, Canadian Lynden Transport, Lynden Archives

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