The company has been able to confirm that March was a good month for orders for our products, particularly the ever-popular Type Approved SOLASAFE roller solar sunscreen. The product has been so effective and successful that its design has barely changed throughout the last 25 years.
John Lightfoot MBE, our chairman commented, “Like all organisations in the global marine industry, apart from the cruise sector, we have had to deal with fluctuations in demand for just about everything, since 2012. As a kinetic company we have rolled with the variations and acted quickly to the continuous changes in demand as they happened. This has kept the whole team on our toes at all times and Solar Solve always ahead of the game.”
March of this year was a particularly good month for us, with significant orders coming from the United Arab Emirates and Spain. The former order was for 40 screens for the navigation and control room windows of the Saudi Aramco owned Pollution Control Vessel MIDYAN, which operates around the Persian Gulf.
The Spanish order, for 52 SOLASAFE screens, was for the multipurpose vessel LIVING STONE, the most advanced in the world in its class, featuring DP3 (Dynamic Positioning 3) capability, a total loading capacity of 12,500 tons and two large 5,000 tons cable/umbilical carrousels arranged below deck.
As a UK based business though, the best order by far was for a substantial number of SOLASAFE screens for the UK MOD’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES. The screens are to be installed at the Navigation Bridge and Flying Control room windows.
John continues, “We did expect to win this order as SOLASAFE screens have already been supplied, installed and are currently in effective use on HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of the two aircraft carriers to be built. Feedback from that ship is very positive and the screens are working well.”
“So far, the indications for April are that it, too, will be a good month. Everyone here appreciates that nothing is easy and we have to continue to work hard, apply ourselves and always put the customer first and we will continue to be THE force to be reckoned with”.
Image – The second of the UK’s new generation of aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales, was officially named in a ceremony at Rosyth Naval Dockyard on 8 September 2017.
Prince Charles, who shares a title with the £3bn vessel, watched as his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Rothesay, carried out the duty.
The 900ft-long (280m) warship is externally complete but it will take 18 months to fit its internal systems.
It will be 2019 before the ship can begin sea trials but a substantial number of Solar Solve Marine’s Type Approved SOLASAFE roller solar sunscreens will be installed at the Navigation Bridge windows and the Flying Control room windows during May of 2018.