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First Up-Cycled And ‘Technically Better’ Mooring Rope Launched in US

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Marlow Ropes launches a premium mooring rope wholly made from recycled plastic – an industry first for the leisure marine sector. The Blue Ocean Dockline, is the first ‘technically better’ premium dockline rope manufactured using yarn wholly made from plastic bottles.

The development and production of recycled polyester (rPET) yarn combined with Marlow’s engineering expertise has resulted in this latest rope innovation.

Seven and half waste plastic bottles are used to make one meter of Marlow’s 16mm Blue Ocean Dockline. It is available pre-spliced in 12 mm and 16 mm diameters from 6m to 15m long. The Blue Ocean Dockline is exclusive to Marlow’s mooring series and launched on the world stage at METS, Amsterdam.

The unique construction offers the same popular attributes of Marlow’s other mooring products including good abrasion resistance and shock absorption with soft and supple flexibility and zero strength loss or shrinkage.

rPET yarns use 94 percent less water than oil-based PET fibers. The production process uses 60 percent less energy and there is a 32 percent CO2 emissions reduction. These yarns are then woven on site in Sussex at Marlow Ropes’ manufacturing operation to create the Blue Ocean Dockline – 100 percent up-cycled plastic and fully waterproof.

Jon Mitchell, MD of Marlow Ropes said: “Virtually every piece of plastic ever made still exists in some shape or form — unless it's been incinerated. So re-using something as available as plastic water bottles curbs discards, reduces toxic emissions from incinerators . . .

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