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Samson Expands Presence in European Tug Market
Supported by United Offshore Services (UOS) and Others
Ferndale, WA – November 2, 2017 – Samson, worldwide leader in high-performance rope and market leader in workboat applications, is pleased to announce an expanded presence in the European market.    
Samson has served the workboat industry in tug and river applications since the early 1940s, starting in North America with continued expansion globally, selling high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) in the industry since the mid-1980s.  In 2017, Samson’s focus has been to expand capabilities in Europe, particularly in areas like Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium with United Offshore Services (UOS). UOS has increased stock significantly in the region, including Samson’s Saturn-12TM and various chafe products, to fully support customers with local stock as well as local service and support.
According to Edwin Jefferies, Commercial Manager for UOS, “Synthetic ropes fill a special need in the market that can’t be met with steel-wire rope.  Bringing a technology-leading product like Samson’s Saturn-12 into our inventory allows us to compete in a sector new to us - tug mainlines and pendants. Samson is known for its fibre technology and development, which complements how we approach the market. We have supplied indirectly into the tug market over the last 24 years and it’s now time to take a direct approach.” UOS offers full inspection, re-certification, testing, and training to its customers, working closely with Samson to provide through-life support.
Samson Marketing Strategy Manager, Heather Newland says: ‘We’re very excited to bring our innovative tug systems and this new level of service to Europe. UOS has been a partner in offshore applications since early 2014, so this is a natural extension of the relationship.”   
UOS’ presence in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands complements Samson’s partner coverage in the region’s tug market, supported by Baitra (Spain, Portugal), Scanunit (Scandinavia), and Mainbrace Marine (UK), among others. Samson ropes can be found on over 150 tugs currently operating in Europe.  A distributor for Samson since 2014, UOS supports the use of high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) ropes in multiple applications.
People are at the forefront of Samson’s offering – researchers and developers, experienced distributors, and technically knowledgeable sales teams provide the highest level of support to customers around the globe. In addition to expanding their presence in the region, Samson has also added to a highly qualified sales team in the region with the addition of Mike Burghoorn, Regional Sales Manager, EMEA. Mike comes to Samson with years of solid experience in the workboat market and with high-performance synthetic rope, plus a strong belief in the power of the Samson Advantage – an unparalleled package of services that starts with a pre-sale evaluation and doesn’t end until rope retirement.

About Samson:
For almost 140 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings® portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings® visit www.windriverholdings.com.
About United Offshore Services:
Founded in 1993, United Offshore Services is a European technology leader in the design, production, and supply of large diameter, high performance steel-wire and synthetic ropes, hoisting equipment, and associated products intended for the marine, industrial, and offshore markets. With ISO 9001 LRQA certification, the company has grown to meet the ever increasing demands dictated by its customers with a strong reputation for quality, expertise, and service. To find out more about United Offshore Services call +31 (168) 415145, email samson@uos-nl.com or visit our website: www.uos-nl.com.