Marlow equipment to assist cetacean research

'Silurian' The research team onboard 'Silurian' sight a minke whale. Credit: The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Marlow Ropes has donated ropes and rigging gear for a Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust-operated cetacean research vessel as part of its new role as the trust’s corporate supporter and sustainable partner.

The Silurian, as recently featured in the BBC’s Blue Planet Live, travels thousands of miles off the west coast of Scotland every year to conduct vital research on whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks. The vessel’s findings contribute to the conservation and protection of UK cetaceans.

“We are delighted to announced Marlow Ropes as a corporate supporter," said Trust boat manager and skipper, Emma Burgess. "This is a valuable contribution to our ongoing maintenance, ensuring the highest levels of safety onboard Silurian. It ultimately helps us achieve our survey and research objectives to further our understanding and conservation of Scottish whales, dolphins and porpoises.”

The British manufacturer is providing handling lines including the main, mizzen and Yankee halyards, sheets and kickers to assist with the next phase of Silurian’s research objectives.

This donation comes on the back of a winter of maintenance work onboard Silurian, including the full renewal of the standing rigging, that has ensured that she is ready for the 2019 season.

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