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Immediately prior to Christmas, the multi-award winning team at South Shields based Solar Solve Marine dispatched a big consignment of their Type Approved products to the company’s World Wide Distributor in Busan. The goods are to be installed on a variety of new vessels being completed at a number of shipyards mainly in South Korea.

Of particular significance is the order that is destined for the Mega Container Ship ‘Madrid Maersk’, currently under construction at Daewoo’s huge facility in Okpo and due to be delivered in April 2017.

‘Madrid Maersk’ is the first of Maersk Line’s 11 second-generation Triple-E class vessels that are due to be delivered from April 2017 through to May 2018 and is expected to become the first containership to break the 20,000 teu barrier. The mega vessel’s official specification is 19,630 teu capacity rating but design changes are expected to increases this number significantly.

With such huge vessels, safe navigation and berthing is best achieved with navigation bridge wings that extend right across the ship from one side to the other. Consequently there are a lot of bridge windows, in this case 69 and they need to be fitted with something that will protect the personnel from the hazards of solar glare and radiation and comply with the latest SOLAS recommendations to enhance the working environment on a vessel’s navigation bridge. Sixty nine SOLASAFE® roller sunscreens will be the answer

John Lightfoot MBE, Solar Solve Marine’s chairman and inventor of the product commented, “They have been tried and tested and proven to work effectively and efficiently for more than a quarter of a century and are accepted within the marine industry as the brand leader in their field.”

“This order is more good news for Solar Solve and once again we acknowledge the magnificent effort put in by Samgong Co. Ltd, our Korean based Distributor, who won the order for us and with whom we work very closely, on a daily basis. It also confirms that the Danish vessel owners AP Moller deal with the welfare and working conditions of their crew very seriously.”