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The Dockline Switch: How Marlow's Blue Ocean Initiative helps you rig responsibly

by Emma Donovan 29 May 08:30 BST
Marlow's Blue Ocean Dockline © Marlow Ropes

Every week we are seeing the impact from the harm we are doing to our oceans, yet equally every week we are now seeing new innovations and initiatives that are helping to minimise or prevent the impact.

We have a long way to go, and at Marlow we remain fiercely committed to our environmental policy and objectives. We continue to strive forward in order to make rope-making and manufacturing more sustainable and to encourage the re-use, repurpose and recycle ethos that is central to how we operate.

One of our most recent projects included the launch of the BLUE OCEAN DOCKLINE we have been buoyed by how well received this has been and are proud that this is a first in the industry. Due to the popularity and with our environmental ethos at the core, we will be discontinuing our standard pre-spliced Docklines, with our BLUE OCEAN pre-spliced Dockline now being the only option.

We continue to develop new ways that this recycled yarn can be used, and continue to perform tests, working with eco ambassadors such as Conrad Coleman with his environmentally sustainable Vendee Globe campaign who is using Blue Ocean in his spinnaker sheets. The Clipper Race 2019-20 11 yacht fleet are swapping out their Main sheet covers and replacing standard polyester with our Blue Ocean yarn, in addition to making the Blue Ocean Dockline switch.

More and more sailors are adopting our eco-conscious range of ropes and we see this continuing to grow throughout the industry.

Our end users and supporters can help our #RIGRESPONSIBLY cause and make a small change with the Dockline switch. The Blue Ocean Dockline is available through our growing network of BLUE OCEAN STOCKISTS shown below, with more to be announced soon.

UK

  • Mylor Chandlery, Falmouth
  • Marine SuperStore, Portsmouth
  • Jimmy Green Marine, Exeter
EUROPE
  • On-Deck (Distributor in The Netherlands who service the following)
  • SailTech, The Netherlands
  • Herman's Marine, The Netherlands
  • Yacht Services, Dunkirk, France

    Available soon:
    Locations in Sweden, Germany and Italy

USA
  • APS Marine, Annapolis
  • Fisheries Supply, Seattle

Further information about Marlow's Blue Ocean Dockline is available here.

Further information about Marlow's environmental policy and objectives are here.

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