Solar Solve Marine, the British manufacturer of the SOLASOLV® brand of anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens for navigation bridge windows has just received its seventh order from Svitzer for their fleet of Tugs.
In the last couple of years Solar Solve has received sunscreen orders for the Harty, Warden, Victory, Morag, Brenda and Bentley. Then in August this year the latest order was placed for the Stanlow to take the total number of vessels supplied to seven. On average, six of the navigation bridge windows on each vessel have now been fitted with SOLASOLV® sunscreens to ensure safer navigation.
SOLASAFE® roller screens use a technologically advanced shade film which protects bridge crew against the effects of sun glare and solar gain, whilst offering a 100% completely clear outside view whilst navigating. The film is also tinted which significantly reduces eye-strain ensuring modern bridge equipment displays are easier to read, so human errors are less likely to occur. An aluminium layer embedded inside the film rejects heat to reduce fatigue by creating a more comfortable and cooler working environment for crew. Less demand is also placed on bridge air-conditioning systems which require additional fuel consumption to run so environmentally conscious fleet owners can benefit from fuel savings while lowering their CO₂ emissions if they install screens at every window on the bridge.
All of the vessels were working in UK waters when the screens were ordered. The latest vessel, Svitzer Stanlow was built in Singapore in 2006 and works on the River Mersey primarily serving tankers by escorting them to and from Shell’s Tranmere oil terminal.
Solar Solve’s Sales and Marketing Executive, Paul Hopkins commented, “The fact we continue to get regular orders shows that Svitzer are delighted with the performance of our sunscreens. By installing SOLASOLV® sunscreens at the navigation bridge windows they are making sure that their vessels can operate in hot, sunny and bright conditions whilst also making the bridge cooler and more comfortable for their crew.”