Samson Receives Award from Marine Technology Society

Ferndale, WA – September 29, 2008 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, was presented with the Industrial Compass Award at the Marine Technology Society’s (MTS’s) annual Awards Luncheon on September 16 during the OCEANS’08 MTS/IEEE conference in Quebec City, Canada. Samson was recoginized for its outstanding contributions to the advancement of marine technology.

Samson was acknowledged for several patented technologies that include a synthetic rope replacement for wire ropes used as fire wires, the use of DPX fiber in ropes that result in very durable ropes with increased grip properties, and a reduced-recoil-risk technology that incorporates a controlled-failure mechanism in a rope called Mooring Defender. Samson was also commended for its commitment to the advancement of rope research through donations of rope to science. Most recently, Samson has provided rope for studies determining the behavior of deepwater moorings in hurricane conditions, the relationship between rope to pin diameter and strength reduction, and the relationship between rope damage and strength reduction.

“Samson is honored to receive this fine award. We are proud to have the most advanced R&D team in the industry, and that their work has such a valuable impact on the marine community,” said Tony Bon, president of the company.

Samson joins an impressive list of Industrial Compass Award recipients, including Phoenix International; Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; RD Instruments; Sonsub, Inc.; and Oceaneering Technologies, Inc. The award was conferred by C. Amos Bussmann, publisher of Sea Technology magazine and owner of Arlington, Va.-based Compass Publications. Application Engineering Manager Justin Gilmore accepted the award on behalf of Samson.

The Marine Technology Society is a not-for-profit professional society, incorporated in 1963. It provides the ocean community with forums for the exchange of information and ideas through its publications, technical interest groups and local section activities. For more information about the MTS, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff