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The Dockline Switch: How Marlow’s Blue Ocean initiative helps you Rig Responsibly

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.


Mylor Chandlery, Falmouth

Marine SuperStore, Portsmouth

Jimmy Green Marine, Exeter


On-Deck (Distributor in The Netherlands who service the following)

SailTech, Germany

Herman’s Marine, The Netherlands

Yacht Services, Dunkirk, France

Nautec, Scandinavian Distributor 

Osculati, Italy 

Available soon: 

Locations in Sweden, Germany and Italy


APS Marine, Annapolis

Fisheries Supply, Seattle


For further information about Marlow’s Blue Ocean Dockline click here.

For further information about Marlow’s environmental policy and objectives click here.