Samson Tug and Barge Intends to Serve Southeast

A barge line plans to return to serving southeast Alaska

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A barge line plans to return to serving southeast Alaska.
   
Sitka-based Samson Tug and Barge is looking to capitalize on changes among competitors in southeast.
   
Samson used to serve the timber industry, but as the industry shrank, the company began carrying cargo to and from Seattle, Prince William Sound, the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak and two ports in Aleutian Islands.
   
There's two carriers already serving Southeast, but Lynden is in the process of buying Northland Services. Operations in towns that already have both carriers will be combined into one service. Lynden CEO Jon Burdick says he supports Samson's expansion plans.
   
Samson intents to serve Ketchikan, Juneau, Wrangell, Petersburg, Prince of Wales Island and Metlakatla.