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Vol. 14, No. 4 Week of January 25, 2009
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry

Arctic Directory: Update on 2008-09 from Carlile Transportation

In 2009 Carlile Transportation Systems will announce a companywide implementation of the TMW Operation Management System.

“TMW software is designed specifically for the transportation services industries and is used by many of the top-100 carriers in North America,” Carlile said in a December 2008 press release. “The new system will help those we partner with improve productivity and gain a better return on information.”

In 2008 the company added two new stainless steel fuel tankers in Alaska, started the expansion of its Tacoma facility — including the addition of a Kenworth hybrid tractor, and continues to make companywide updates to its fleet.

According to the press release, other notable Carlile energy efforts include, but are not limited to, the following: newer, more efficient vehicles in day operations in Tacoma (all are 2002 or newer and many are 2007 or newer); the use of alternative power units the last two seasons, with 32 total currently in operation, saving approximately 50 gallons of fuel per week for eight months per year in Alaska; the use of a fuel monitoring system that tracks vehicle and driver behaviors related to fuel consumption like speeding, idling, and over-revving, providing fleets with data to help reduce consumption and identify potential safety and maintenance issues; current tests on a Cummins 2010 engine, and working with Paccar to test a 2010 Paccar engine made by Paccar DAF Europe; and receiving membership into the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

In 2008 Linda Leary assumed the role of company president that co-founder Harry McDonald had held since 1980. McDonald is still active in daily operations as chief executive officer.

Anchorage-based Carlile started with three trucks, but today operates more than 350 trucks and 1,500 pieces of trailing equipment. With more than 650 employees at its 12 terminals and logistics facilities throughout Alaska and North America, the company remains “customer committed for the long-haul.”



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