South Shields marine windscreen firm secures lucrative U.S. contracts

Port of Tyne-based Solar Solve Marine have scooped two Stateside contracts to provide their SOLASOLV product

Tokitae the new Washington State Ferry, one of two new U.S. built ships
Tokitae the new Washington State Ferry, one of two new U.S. built ships

A South Shields supplier of windscreens for ships and offshore vessels has secured two U.S. deals worth $30,000.

Port of Tyne-based Solar Solve Marine has been awarded two separate contracts to supply its brand of roller screens for installation on two U.S. ships.

The firm, which employs 16, will supply its SOLASOLV® screens for the ‘Tokitae’ - the first of three 144-car ferries for the State of Washington, built by US Vigor Shipyard.

A second contract with BAE will see SOLASOLV supplied for a Platform Support Vessel being built in Florida for Jackson Offshore.

Solar Solve have been trading since 1975 and export 90% of their products.

The specialist firm provides sun and glare protection to the marine and offshore industry through its SOLASOLV® brand of anti-glare screen, which is installed at the windows of all types of ships, rigs and cranes worldwide.

Regarded as essential safety equipment, the screens reject up to 87% of heat and up to 93% of glare from the sun, significantly reducing eye-strain.

This makes electronic displays easier to read and gives the crew a clear outward view for safer navigation and marine operations.

Carl Johnson, Solar Solve’s operations director commented: “The U.S. market is becoming an increasingly important market for our company. Since last year sales to the U.S. have increased by more than 30% compared to our overall increase in sales which is currently about 17%.”

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