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rated for more than one hundred tons.
According to President Terry Howard,
the company hauled a configuration
of trailers more than two hundred feet
long utilizing this lowboy from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay in early 2015.
Also expanding its capabilities as an
integrated provider of truck, marine, and
air services in 2013, Lynden, Inc. acquired
Northland Service, a marine transport
business serving Seattle, Washington;
Alaska; and Hawaii. Lynden is the parent
company of Lynden Transport, which has
provided trucking services in the state
since 1954 and operates the largest terminal network in Alaska. Other Lynden
companies include Alaska Marine Lines,
Alaska West Express, Bering Marine Corporation, and Lynden Air Cargo.
Among major freight consolidators
are Span Alaska Transportation, Inc.,
Pacific Alaska Freightways, and American Fast Freight, Inc. These firms specialize in receiving truckload and less
than truckload cargoes. Most of the
volume moving to Alaska destinations
originates at their Washington terminals and is shipped to Alaska aboard water carriers. Freight is received by trucks
from containerships at the Port of Anchorage for distribution to Interior and
Southcentral Alaska. Barge lines also
service Southeast, Western, and other
Southcentral communities in Alaska.
Chuck Onstott, vice president of operations for Span Alaska, says consolidating relies on the optimum freight mix.
At the company’s forty-five-thousand-
square-foot facility in Auburn, Wash-
ington, loads are assembled to cube
out—fill the available space—while also
maximizing weight. “By direct loading
the freights according to their final des-
tinations in Alaska, we are able to handle
them less,” he explains. Span Alaska has
been moving goods to Alaska since 1978
and operates 250 pieces of rolling stock.
Established in 1961, Pacific Alaska
Freightways has 120 employees sys-
tem-wide and facilities in Anchorage,
Fairbanks, Kodiak, Kenai, and Fife,
Washington. The company’s truckload
and less than truckload transportation
includes moving packages traveling by
ground for couriers FedEx and UPS.
American Fast Freight, headquartered in
Fife, Washington, where the company operates a ninety-five-thousand-square-foot
terminal, has been competing in the Alaska transportation market for more than
twenty-five years. Alaska terminals are
operated in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai,
Soldotna, and Kodiak. At its Fife and Anchorage terminals, American Fast Freight
“had refrigerated facilities built specifically
so that freight never leaves a temperature-controlled environment,” explains Jake
Nyman, marketing services manager. The
facility designs permit refrigerated trailers to be backed up to doors that access
temperature-controlled warehouse space,
enabling the company to avoid removing
freight from temperature-controlled areas
when loading chilled items.
In the Alaska transportation industry,
most freight moves northbound into the
state, with containers and trailers typically
returning to Washington terminals empty.
According to Wes Renfrew, Alaska operations manager of Pacific Alaska Freightways, only about 10 percent of capacity is
filled on the southbound journeys. Water-
One of five new, fifty-three-foot, five-axle tankers recently purchased by
Carlile as part of a major equipment investment.