Solar Solve Marine is located in South Shields, a town at the mouth of the River Tyne in north east England where the first shipbuilding began around 1600. It expanded during the 19th century and peaked early in the 20th century, when the Tyneside shipyards were one of the largest centres of shipbuilding in the world and built an entire navy for Japan in the first decade of the 20th century.
Those were the days, as they say. Unfortunately, by the end of the 20th century there were only 3 or 4 shipbuilders remaining on the Tyne. However, some of the skills still remain on the river. There are still a significant number of Tyneside based marine equipment and services suppliers, including naval architects, designers and ICT experts thriving all around us.
Some of them, including one of the shipyards, have been or still are, involved with providing ship-sections or whatever products or services they supply, to the main contractor at Rosyth Docks, who are building the UK’s two new aircraft carriers; HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES. Over the next year we will be sending out many more specialist products for other parts of both these Royal Navy special fighting ships. They have been built to accommodate future design changes and expansions over time which are expected to last for 50 years.