Lynden was founded on principles of integrity and quality. Our environmental commitment is based on a common-sense desire to be efficient and to do things right. Our culture of innovation and efficiency is completely in harmony with our commitment to protect the environment. Lynden's people, equipment, processes and technology are focused on the efficient use of resources and sustainable operations.
Lynden has always worked to use fuel as efficiently as possible by continually refining its processes and equipment and by drawing on Lynden's culture of innovation and professional service. Maximizing fuel efficiency requires that we look at everything from modern equipment, to driver behavior and idle time, from route planning to aerodynamics and payloads.
The Lynden companies work together as well as with partners such as TOTE and the Alaska Railroad to balance customer needs for speed and efficiency over land, air, and water.
Our RoadNet Route optimization software helps dispatchers plan the most efficient routes for pickup and delivery so that we can cut travel time and fuel use.
We have refined our equipment, lightening trucks and increasing carrying capacity to maximize payloads so that trucks can minimize the number of trips and fuel needed to move freight.
We have a low-idle time policy.
Trucks are equipped with on-board computers that monitor idle time and provide visibility, accountability, and motivation for our drivers to idle their engines as little as possible.
In Alaska, where trucks and drivers need to stay warm in -40 degree conditions, we are testing Auxiliary Power Units (APU's). These are small generators that can provide power to the truck's cab and block heater rather than letting the engine idle during downtime.
Our milk hauling service uses slip seat operations to return drivers to the terminal daily; we use driver teams for our long-haul routes. This reduces the time that engines would need to idle to heat and cool the cab compared to layover trips.
Trucks transmit to highway scales electronically to save time and fuel.
We have a no idle rule for our large forklifts, which switch off automatically after 5 minutes of idle time.
Speed governors and policies ensure drivers operate at safe and efficient speeds. On-board computers monitor driver's performance, help promote safe and efficient driving habits and promotes friendly competition between drivers for best fuel economy and lowest idle time.
Alaska Marine Lines barge service works with partner Western Towboat to reduce fuel consumption through fuel automization. We have also reduced RPM's and slowed down the tugs without compromising our northbound Wednesday service. This has reduced fuel consumption by 30 gallons per hour.
Terminals and warehouses have been redesigned and in some cases, relocated, to minimize travel distances and maximize loading efficiency.
Barcodes on loads and associated computer program maximize loading efficiency (and forklift fuel efficiency).
We are phasing out propane in favor of cleaner, more efficient electric forklifts.
Our patented rail racking system on the barges allows seamless rail to marine transport and minimizes the amount of time (and fuel) required to handle freight.