Solar Solve Marine continues to be a successful supplier to the US Navy for its current series of Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that are being built at USA shipyards. The South Shields based manufacturer of the marine industry’s brand leading SOLASAFE® roller sunscreens recently dispatched a consignment of 30 to a shipyard in the USA for USNS Yuma. It is the eighth in a series of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels that Austal USA is delivering under a contract with the U.S. Navy valued in excess of US$1.6 billion.
The 30 SOLASAFE® roller sunscreens are to be installed at the navigation bridge windows to improve the crew’s working conditions, in particular to help prevent discomfort and distractions from the sun’s glare, thus creating a safer environment. They will also reject over 60% of the heat that would otherwise be transmitted through the glass, significantly increasing the benefits experienced by the personnel, as well as helping with cost and environmental issues due to a reduced air conditioning power requirement, when they are in use.
SOLASAFE® screens were also supplied to the first 7 vessels in the series. Intended to provide transportation in shallow-draft waterways and ports, a JHSV is capable of transporting 600 short tons at least 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The ships also feature a flight deck designed to support helicopter operations and a fast-rescue boat mounted amidships on the port side. They also have airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.
Solar Solve regularly wins orders to supply Military and Government vessels all over the world with its Type Approved, extremely dependable products; especially the SOLASAFE® screen that is globally recognised as a highly effective navigation safety aid, which is guaranteed to last for at least 7 years with little or no maintenance requirement.
John Lightfoot, MBE, Solar Solve’s chairman commented, “It has taken many years for us to build a successful working relationship with the US Military Sealift Command, US Naval shipbuilders and associated outfitters that are situated along the vast 12,383 mile coastline of the USA. Military work is always so rewarding for our company. The products requested need to be the best, for the benefit of the end-users who very often put their lives at risk when performing their duties. We only supply the best of everything, including our service. Just as the people they protect depend on the quality and effectiveness of the military personnel involved; so do the military depend on Solar Solve, its products and its people.”