fiber in marine applications.MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., May 18, 2010 Honeywell (
) announced today that its high-strength Spectra fiber is one of the featured technologies in a new exhibit about tugboats at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport museum.The exhibit, called Tugs!, will highlight Spectra's unique qualities that make it a good fit for marine tasks. Spectra is used in tow ropes that pull ships into port and mooring ropes that tie ships to other ships or to docks.One of the world's strongest and lightest fibers, Spectra is pound for pound up to 15 times stronger than steel yet floats in water."The high strength and light weight of Honeywell Spectra fiber allows tug companies to eliminate the use of heavy steel-wire rope in their tug lines,which helps tug crews perform tasks more efficiently and safely," said Jason Kollatschny, marketing manager for the rope and cordage segment of Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. "We're proud that Mystic Seaport has chosen to highlight the role of Spectra fiber for past,present and future marine applications."Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. Spectra fiber is highly resistant to chemicals, water, and ultraviolet light, and has excellent vibration damping, flex fatigue and internal fiber-friction characteristics.In addition to marine applications, Spectra fiber has numerous high-performance uses including police and military ballistic-resistant vests, helmets and armored vehicles; hurricane-resistant panels for windows and doors; cut resistant apparel; high performance lifting slings; and security netting.Founded in 1929, Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum and features tall ships, a re-created 19th-century village, exhibits and a planetarium. Mystic Seaport will celebrate the opening of Tugs! Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visiting tugboats will be docked along the museum's waterfront and special events throughout the weekend will include radio-controlled tug demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, illustrated presentations, line-throwing competitions and tug-related activities and crafts for both children and adults.For more information, visit
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