Samson Tug and Barge began as a horse and cart operation which delivered materials and goods to mining camps and was originally known as Baggen Transfer: in 1937, Baggen and his son George Jr. founded Samson Tug and Barge thereby extending operations with a single tug providing freight hauling services throughout Southeast Alaska by the 1950Ãƒ‚Ã¢€Ã¢„Ãƒ‚¢s.
By 1960, Sitka was home to Alaska Pulp Corporation and its mill which employed over 300 people wherein Samson Tug and Barge provided log raft and chip barge towing to the plant for about 20 years. Samson acquired bigger and more powerful tugs as the fleet saw more growth.
The 1980's were a time of transition for Samson Tug and Barge as the military contract for freight services to Adak was awarded to the company which propelled Samson into the large-scale freight hauling arena and they added even more powerful boats and barges for transporting massive volumes of freight and fuel enabling them to service a route encompassing the entire Pacific Rim of Alaska.
Containerized cargo are primary service for Samson Tug & Barge which provides shipment of 20 ft and 40 ft dry containers and 20 ft shipping platforms while transporting 5,000 gallon ISO tanks and bulk LPG tanks. Also, temperature controlled cargos which use 40 foot refrigerated containers: customers can transport frozen or chill shipments directly from suppliers to all of Samson's destinations e.g. Alaska seafood processing customers dealing in salmon, crab, halibut shipments, which are taken from all Alaskan ports to the companyÃƒ‚Ã¢€Ã¢„Ãƒ‚¢s Seattle terminal.
Keep-From-Freezing (KFF) service is available on request, during winter months; barges are equipped with remote monitoring systems and on-board checks are made at each stop by a specialist. Door To Door LTL (less-than-truckload) is also provided where company arranges to pick up shipments in the Seattle area and deliver to the customer's door.
Break-Bulk and Heavy Lift, Oilfield Access is also provided by Samson, the only Common Carrier with scheduled, annual barge service to the port of Valdez, with access to the North Slope and Fairbanks. Samson and shipping partners, give their customers the ability to ship from Alaska to anywhere in the world on a "through" bill-of- addition while offering trucking services in Seattle as well as connecting carrier agreements to transport cargo around the world with its Inter port Connections. Apart from these varied services, the company also has an outstanding safety record and is fully certified by the EPA to transport even hazardous materials and waste.
Samson Tug & Barge Co IncPosted on Mar 13, 2006