Today’s Solar Solve News Release begins with the sentence… ‘Two of the world’s mightiest ships-of-class hold the same significant name of QUEEN ELIZABETH.’ You can read the whole story on the Solar Solve website here. Coincidently, I have been recently watching on TV some re-runs of a documentary series titled ‘MIGHTY SHIPS’, first aired around 2010/2011. Most of the vessels featured were the biggest of their type at the time or had something else about them that was significant.
Amazing and awesome are two words I would choose to describe aspects of some of them and their capabilities.
As chairman of Solar Solve Marine, the most amazing thing about the programmes for me personally was that around three quarters of the vessels I saw had Solar Solve sunscreens installed at some or all of their windows.
USNS ROBERT E PEARY, a T-AKE 5 Military Supply Ship was featured in the Suez/Red Sea/Gulf of Aden area supplying food, spares and oil to a fleet of coalition war ships on anti-piracy patrol. SOLASAFE screens were very visible protecting the personnel from the 110°F temperatures regularly endured. During the programme PEARY replenished 3 US naval vessels; 2 of which, guided missile destroyer USS FARRAGUT and Nimitz-class Aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (with its 3,200 persons crew), had SOLASOLV sunscreens installed.
PEARY itself was re-fuelled with diesel oil and jet fuel by Replenishment Oiler USNS LARAMIE another ship that benefits from our sunscreens being installed. 4 out of 5 is a good show I think.
In another 2 of the programmes I watched DSV SKANDI ARCTIC, it was the biggest dive support vessel at the time and still is. Solar Solve roller sunscreens could be seen at many of her windows.
SOLITAIRE was (and still is) the world’s largest pipe-laying ship when the vessel was converted from a bulk carrier in 1998 by Swan Hunter on the River Tyne, only a mile away from Solar Solve’s factory. At the time of the conversion we supplied SOLASAFE screens for many areas of the vessel and 12 years later, when the programme was made, they could easily be seen in use and in good condition.
There was no indication of Solar Solve screens on board the last 2 vessels I watched, so that makes a grand total of 6 out of 8 or ¾ or 75%. A score THE TEAM here at Solar Solve Marine in South Shields UK is very happy with and very proud of.