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Solar Solve Marine, the South Shields based manufacturer of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens for navigation bridge windows, recently received an order from Bluewater Energy Services’ UK office for the vessel Hæwene Brim, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading Unit (FPSO). Six SOLASAFE® sunscreens were needed for the navigation bridge windows to ensure a clear view for safer navigation.

SOLASOLV® roller screens are used on ships of all types and sizes around the world. They reject up to 87% of the sun’s heat and up to 93% of the sun’s glare. When in use eye-strain is significantly reduced and the bridge equipment displays are easier to read so human errors are less likely to occur. A clear outward view is also maintained for a safer journey. With a lower room temperature the crew have a more comfortable working environment and are less prone to fatigue which can lead to navigational errors.

The Hæwene Brim was constructed by Odense Shipyard in Denmark in 1983. It is dual purpose so it can also work as a Multipurpose Shuttle Tanker (MST) when required. Bluewater purchased the FPSO (formerly Berge Hugin) in October 2001 from Navion and Bergesen. Since February 1999 the Hæwene Brim has been producing in the Shell operated Pierce field on the UK Continental shelf.

Paul Hopkins, Solar Solve’s Sales and Marketing Executive commented, “ A vessel like an FPSO can, by its very nature, spend a lot of time in fixed positions carrying out its duties. This often means that the sun can be a real problem if it is in the direct line of the crew’s vision on the navigation bridge. The Hæwene Brim has chosen SOLASOLV® sunscreens to prevent excessive glare on the bridge.”