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Two Icelandic fishing vessels based in Hornafjördur were recently delivered from Taiwanese shipbuilder Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., complete with a full compliment of SOLASAFE anti glare roller screens at all of the wheelhouse windows.

The SOLASAFE roller screens were manufactured and supplied by Solar Solve Marine from their South Shields based headquarters and reject up to 91% of the glare, 65% of the heat and 98% of the uv radiation from the sun. They were installed to protect ships personnel from solar radiation and to create a more effective and efficient environment in which to work. They are also very effective against glare from ice and snow and retaining heat within the wheelhouse when it is very cold outside

SKINNEY SF-20 and THORIR SF-77 are both 30 meters long, Classed with DNV-GL as Ice Class Stern Trawlers, 383 gross tons and are part of the Skinney Thinganes fleet. They each have a deadweight capacity of 82 tons with an average speed of 5.6 knots.

“Each vessel has 22 SOLASAFE screens installed which is an incredible number for the size of these small craft,” comments John Lightfoot, Solar Solve’s chairman. “Obviously current practice is to have windows all round the wheelhouse offering 360 degree vision for greater efficiency and safety. The addition of a roller sun screen at every window, to improve visibility and comfort, is an added benefit the vessels crew really appreciate.”

Top Image – Icelandic Registered Ice Class Stern Trawler SKINNEY SF 20 photographed in her home port of Hornafjörður by Sverrir A ð alsteinsson on 7 April 2009. Her crew enjoy the benefits of SOLASAFE anti glare roller screens at all of the windows in the wheelhouse.