At the beginning of July, South Shields, UK based, Solar Solve Marine dispatched a consignment of 63 of their Type Approved SOLASOLV and ROLASOLV products to Norway, to be installed on the first vessel of a pair of brand new fast ferries bound for Hong Kong.
The company supplied 5 SOLASAFE anti-glare roller sunscreens and 6 CASSLITE blackout blinds for the bridge windows of a newly constructed vessel at the Brødrene Aa, shipyard in Hyen, Norway. They also supplied 52 DIMMLITE roller blinds for the passenger areas of this 42 metre carbon fibre catamaran, the first of 2 fast ferries ordered by Zhongshan-Hong Kong Passenger Shipping Co-op Co. Ltd, China. A similar consignment of 63 Type Approved roller screens and blinds will also be supplied by Solar Solve for the sister vessel.
Both of the vessels are 42 meters in length, with a capacity of 300 passengers and a maximum operating speed of 40 knots.
Composite technology has long been the construction material of choice for Brødrene Aa and they are today recognized as the world leader for fuel efficient low emission carbon fibre ferries. They continue to improve their designs and construction technology, meeting the demand for lower emissions and reduced operating expenditures where weight reduction has been key to the success.
Carl Johnson, Solar Solve Marine’s Operations Manager, who was instrumental in winning the order for Solar Solve commented, “Just about every week at least one consignment of our Brand Leading products is destined for an innovative vessel of some description, to benefit the personnel who work on the navigation bridge mainly. With these 2 pioneering fast ferries the passengers will also benefit from the DIMMLITE roller blinds installed at the windows in the passenger areas to protect them from the heat and glare of sun.”
“Lighter vessels render lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. When SOLASOLV and ROLASOLV products that are installed at vessel windows are all in use on sunny days, they will reduce the air-conditioning power requirement. This will also equate to lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.”
“This is a great example of how shipbuilders, marine equipment suppliers and shipowners all work together for the benefit of themselves, a vessels crew and passengers and the global environment.”
A typical carbon fibre hulled 42mtr catamaran fast ferry built by Brødrene in Norway and destined for China. Zhongshan-Hong Kong Passenger Shipping Co-op Co (ZS) of China will operate the ferries between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
Both vessels have a mixture of 63 roller sunscreens and blinds, manufactured and supplied by Solar Solve Marine in the UK, installed for the safety and comfort of their passengers and personnel.