A DANGEROUS SITUATION.
When oceangoing ships become disabled at sea, the process of establishing an emergency towing connection using conventional methods can be extremely dangerous, especially in heavy weather, low light, or low-visibility conditions. Moreover, conventional emergency towing systems utilize a design wherein nearly the entire line load is transmitted to a single bitt or other deck fitting on the ship, subjecting it to forces it was not designed to withstand. Consequently, emergency towing connections can fail and further endanger vessels, crews, and the environment. The Alaska Chadux Network sought to address these issues and contracted Glosten to engineer a solution.
Glosten, with support from Samson Rope Technologies, went on to develop a unique Emergency Vessel Attachment & Towing System (EVATS™). EVATS™ is designed to overcome the most dangerous aspects of emergency towing by making the process of connecting to disabled vessels safer and more efficient and enabling a more robust towing connection. It is also portable and universally compatible with ships’ mooring gear arrangements.