Marlow Ropes are delighted to announce that their eco-conscious Blue Ocean Dockline, made from 100% recycled waste plastic bottles was awarded a PITTMAN Innovation Award 2020 by principle Editor, Adam Cort of Sail Magazine at Boot Dusseldorf, this January. 

The PITTMAN Award is named after their long-time Technical Editor Freeman K. Pittman, who passed away in 1996, these awards are presented annually to outstanding new products in the sailing industry. The team of judges make it their mission to scour boat shows around the world in order to discover the products that represent the absolute pinnacle of design and innovation.

This sustainable innovation, a first in the industry, has seen great enthusiasm from the Leisure Marine market since its launch at the start of 2019.

Managing Director Jon Mitchell comments;
“We are thrilled that the Blue Ocean Dockline’s  eco credentials and innovation have been recognised by the Pittman Innovation Award jury. Every day more than 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfill in the UK alone and when we found out about the astonishing quantities of plastic waste and the impact this is having on our oceans, we knew we had to act, and sought partners who had the expertise to develop and produce rPET (recycled polyester) yarn. This, combined with our technical knowledge of engineering rope solutions, allowed the innovation to become possible.”

The Blue Ocean Dockline is exclusive to Marlow’s Superyacht & Mooring Series and made available in black or silver white with a Blue Ocean fleck un-spliced on reels and pre-spliced in 12-16mm diameters in lengths from 6m to 12m.  The unique construction offers the same popular attributes available with Marlow’s other mooring products including good abrasion resistance and shock absorption with soft and supple flexibility and zero strength loss or shrinkage. 

US Leisure Marine Sales Manager, Sam Vineyard adds;
“Marlow is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and building a more sustainable industry.  We see Blue Ocean as just the beginning of our commitment to creating a more sustainable sport.  We will continue to develop new ways that this recycled yarn can be used and are working with partners and eco ambassadors to test its capabilities when used in other yachting applications in some of the toughest sailing environments.  Further we are working to find a way to recycle more and more rope to keep it from landfills around the world.