USS Makin Island

USS MAKIN ISLAND ORDERS SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

In the middle of April, UK based Solar Solve Marine secured a contract to supply 16 SOLASAFE® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens to the USS Makin Island, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship which belongs to the US Navy. The screens were sent to San Diego and due to the fact the screens are designed to be simple to install, the crew will undertake the task to install them at the navigation bridge windows.

Solar Solve have specialised in providing sun and glare protection to the marine and offshore industry for almost 30 years and the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary in business this year (1975 – 2015). The SOLASOLV® brand of anti-glare screen is installed at the windows of all types of ships, rigs and cranes worldwide. Regarded as essential safety equipment, the screens effectively reject up to 87% of heat and up to 93% of glare from the sun, significantly reducing eye-strain and fatigue, and improving outward visibility. SOLASAFE® screens are guaranteed for 7 years and the only screens in the world to be Type Approved by DNV-GL, Lloyds’ and ABS.

Built by NGSS Pascagoula in the USA, USS Makin Island was launched in September 2006 and commissioned in October 2009. It is a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship with modifications to operate with more advanced aircraft and landing craft. The Wasp class of ships which it belongs to is capable of transporting almost the full strength of a United States Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and landing them in hostile territory via landing craft or helicopters.

Paul Hopkins, Solar Solve’s Sales & Marketing Executive commented, “Being able to supply SOLASOLV® sunscreens to yet another US Naval vessel is a noteworthy event for our company. We are glad to be helping our allies and making sure that the officers and the ship are provided with British manufactured equipment that assist in the safe navigation of the vessel.”

Top Image – USS Makin Island – Sailing with SOLASOLV® sunscreens installed at the navigation bridge windows.