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Tyneside based Solar Solve Marine recently supplied 9 of their well known SOLASAFE anti glare roller sunscreens to the UK division of Acergy Chartering, a seabed-to-surface engineering and construction contractor to the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide, for the Acergy Falcon , an offshore construction vessel capable of installing rigid pipelines, flexible flowlines and umbilicals.

The 152 metre vessel, formerly a dynamically positioned drill ship, was purchased by Acergy in 1994 and converted to an offshore construction ship with a flexible flowline and remote subsea module handling capability. Flowlines of up to 14-inches diameter can be laid in deepwater and the vessel is permanently equipped with two work class ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) rated to 3000 m water depth, giving her a worldwide operating capability in various roles independent of other dedicated support ships.

Some of her other features include a speed of 12.5 knots, deck area of 1600 m², capacity of 1600 tons, accommodation for 141 people and a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61 aircraft.

Main propulsion is via two LIPS controllable pitch propellers driven by 4 electric motors producing 6000 bhp in total with 77 tons bollard pull and 97 tons with Azimuth in operation.

Carl Johnson, Solar Solve Marine’s Operations Director commented, “The screens on this order were required by our customer to improve the operating environment in 3 areas of the vessel that were having problems with solar glare and heat. Now that the screens have been installed, personnel working on the Navigation Bridge, the R/O Room and Chart Room will certainly benefit from a more comfortable working atmosphere when the sun is shining.”

“Acergy Chartering put the Health and Safety of its employees first and specifies only the most reliable products and suppliers, which is why we are proud to be part of that strategy”.