FERNDALE, Washington – Samson has been awarded a patent titled Line Structure for Marine Use in Contaminated Environments. The technology was developed by Samson while partnering with Delmar Systems on its patented Omni-Max gravity-installed anchor system.
Samson engineers developed a synthetic alternative that replaces the anchor chain. One of the challenges in this application was protection of the synthetic rope from the damaging effects of outside contaminants. Engineers developed M-8, an eight-strand plaited construction. Each of the eight-strands is composed of a three-strand, all Dyneema fiber core covered with a filter barrier to resist soil infiltration, and protected from abrasion by a braided Dyneema fiber cover.
The patent includes the use of this design in any marine environment in which the strength members are subject to damage from outside contaminants during use in offshore mooring systems. The design provides protection to the strength members and the ability to easily inspect the rope, which is different from other “filtered” ropes.