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Samson Signs Exclusive Agreement With Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network for Emergency Vessel Attachment & Towing System (EVATSTM)


FERNDALE, WA (June 14, 2018) — Samson, the developer of high-performance synthetic rope solutions and global market leader in commercial marine applications, is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive agreement with the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (Network) for the manufacture and marketing of EVATS—a new approach to emergency vessel attachment and towing.
“Success is built upon teamwork and partnerships,” said Network President and CEO Buddy Custard. “The Network is excited about this agreement with Samson and to be a part of their team as we collectively develop and advance emergency vessel towing systems for the maritime industry.”
EVATS is designed to make the towing connection to a disabled vessel at sea safer and vastly more efficient than current practices, reducing risk and increasing the probability of a favorable outcome. The system was designed by marine engineering company Glosten, with Samson support, in response to a request from the Network. It is devised for easy deployment in emergency towing and near-shore salvage operations, and it can be delivered either from the towing vessel or via rescue helicopter for vessels that don’t have it aboard. Since most vessels aren’t outfitted with dedicated strongpoints and emergency towing arrangements, the EVATS system is designed to have near-universal compatibility, accounting for known differences in vessels.
“Samson brings vast experience in innovative synthetic rope design and development, designing the right rope for unique application requirements and complementing product selection with testing and support,”said Samson President and CEO Andrea Sturm. “We’re pleased to partner with the Network in manufacturing, marketing, and distributing this system which will contribute to safer operations in rescue towing operations.”
EVATS signing

Top Photo: Bernabe Gallardo, Samson; Heather Newland, Samson; Buddy Custard, Network; Andrea Sturm, Samson; Doug Looker, Samson

Bottom Photos: Buddy Custard and Andrea Sturm

About Samson
For 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. For more about Samson, visit www.samsonrope.com. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings® portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings®, visit www.windriverholdings.com. 
About the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network
The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network is a nonprofit organization governed by industry representatives that provides vessels operating in Western Alaska and Prince William Sound best management practices and response capabilities to comply with federal tank and non-tank oil pollution prevention and response regulations.
About Glosten
Glosten is recognized throughout the marine industry for providing innovative solutions to clients’ challenging problems, integrating advanced analysis with practical, experience-based design.  Glosten's expertise includes naval architecture, ocean engineering & analysis, marine engineering, electrical engineering, and detail/production design. 
The EVATS system is the subject of the following pending patent applications: U.S. Patent Application Nos. 15/611,384 and 15/611,195, and International Patent Application Nos. PCT/US2017/037732 and PCT/US2017/037673.


Media Contacts:
Heather Newland
Marketing Strategy Manager – Commercial Marine
Jim Butler
Director, External & Regulatory Affairs