Samson expanding service into Southeast Alaska
Samson Tug & Barge (www.samsontug.com) a long time Sitka, Alaska based marine freight transportation company will expand their current service in Southeast Alaska pending a planned purchase of Northland Services, Inc. by Lynden, Inc. Samson's existing service will not be affected at this time. The expanded service has been announced in reaction to Lynden's notice that they are in the process of purchasing Northland, leaving only one carrier operating in most of Southeast Alaska.
Samson currently provides scheduled intermodal marine cargo transportation service to and from Seattle, Sitka, Cordova, Valdez, Seward, Kodiak, King Cove and Dutch Harbor. Carriage to the rail-belt market, including Anchorage, Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, is provided via Seward and Valdez. Samson plans to provide service to Ketchikan, Prince of Wales, Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau once the sale is completed. "We are excited to offer service to Southeast Alaska. This is a great opportunity for Samson to expand our coverage throughout the State" said Jerry Morgan, Samson's Director of Marketing and Sales.
Samson's entry into the SE market is dependent on the purchase of Northland by Lynden. "A long process stands in the way of completion of the sale, however Samson is preparing to step in and fill the gap for the communities of Southeast Alaska." explains Jim Scholz, Director of Port Operations at Samson. "We will be meeting with potential customers over the following weeks to determine their needs and to prepare for a smooth transition."
Samson is a family owned business operated from Sitka, Alaska. The original company, Baggen Transfer, started as a horse and cart operation in Juneau, Alaska in the early 1900s. The company began providing marine transportation in 1937, and was incorporated in the State in 1959. Founded by George Baggen, Sr. and continued by George Baggen Jr., Samson remains a family owned business. George E. Baggen has been the Company’s president since 1972, and his daughter Cory Baggen serves as the company’s vice president. "We are very excited about this opportunity to return to Southeast Alaska" said Cory Baggen. "To live in Sitka and now to be able to provide a more frequent service to our customers in Sitka is something we have been looking forward to doing for a long time. To be able to do that all over Southeast is especially rewarding."
Samson is a full service transportation company that provides door to door freight transportation services, and specializes in the handling of large and difficult to move cargo. The company is an experienced carrier with expertise in handling hazardous materials and dangerous goods. In addition to marine transportation, the company also provides storage, trucking, freight consolidation, warehouse and logistics management services.
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