Marlow Ropes pledge their support as a Corporate Supporter

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is delighted to announce our latest Corporate Supporter, Marlow Ropes, the high performance rope-maker, who have generously donated ropes and rigging gear for the pioneering cetacean research vessel, Silurian

HWDT citizen science volunteers on visual survey effort on board Silurian

HWDT citizen science volunteers on visual survey effort on board Silurian

For the last 16 years, Silurian has travelled thousands of miles every year off the west coast of Scotland to conduct ground-breaking research on whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks.  Our findings, which contribute to the conservation and protection of UK cetaceans, are of global importance and recently featured in the BBC’s Blue Planet Live.


Marlow’s reputation in the Leisure Marine and yachting industry is world renowned and the British manufacturer are providing tough, durable and easy handling lines. Their donation to Silurian includes the main, mizzen and Yankee halyards, sheets and kickers.

This is a valuable contribution to our ongoing maintenance, ensuring the highest levels of safety onboard Silurian, and ultimately helps us achieve our survey and research objectives to further our understanding and conservation of Scottish whales, dolphins and porpoises.
— Emma Burgess, HWDT Boat Manager

Marlow Ropes specialises in the design and manufacture of technically innovative rope products using the very latest technical fibres. The Marlow brand is known and respected in markets around the world from yachting to military, commercial marine and working at height amongst others.

Marlow is fully committed to environmentally conscious practices and recognises that its activities will have an effect on both the local and global environment.  Marlow ensures that negative effects are minimised as far as is practical in-line with their Environmental Policy.

Marlow are delighted to be able to support the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust and their conservation work of marine life. As a leading brand within the sailing industry, sustainability is a key part of our ethos and this year in particular, we are delighted to be working with a number of environmentally conscious sailors and organisations.  

We ensure that both our quality standards, manufacturing and waste management systems are in line with our environmental policy which reinforces our recycle, reuse and repurpose education mission.
— Paul Honess, Marlow's Leisure Marine Director

This generous 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 Silurian is in excellent condition for the 2019 season.

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Gemma Paterson