Firm helps keep Brazilian navy ship-shape

ON PATROL ... the Brazilian Navy's ocean patrol vessel Araguari.
ON PATROL ... the Brazilian Navy's ocean patrol vessel Araguari.

A SOUTH Tyneside company went the extra mile to complete a contract for the Brazilian Navy.

Solar Solve Marine, based at Tyne Dock, South Shields, found itself with a very tight schedule to install some of its anti-glare screens for the ocean patrol vessel, Araguari, based at BAE Systems, Portsmouth.

The vessel is used to protect Brazil’s territorial waters, including its important oil and gas reserves. BAE Systems called on Solar Solve’s one-off-visit supply and installation service, dispatching a worker to have the contract completed in double-quick time.

Production and installation technician Krys Short then drove 350 miles from South Tyneside to Portsmouth to measure up for 15 Solasafe screens, before contacting the Tyne Dock factory with all the necessary details.

While the screens were manufactured and delivered, Mr Short installed all of the brackets and necessary fittings, ready for the arrival of the screens.

By 5pm of his second day on board the vessel, the job was ready to hand over.

Carl Johnson, Solar Solve operations director, who was closely involved with the planning of the contract, said: “I am always praising my whole team at Solar Solve, and rightly so, for their total commitment and dedication to delighting our customers.

“On this occasion, I also want to thank our colleagues at BAE Systems and especially supply chain manager, Mark Phelps, for their excellent co-operation, without which we would have struggled to meet their demands.

“I am confident that the screens will give many years’ service, providing an improved environment to help the crew operate more safely and effectively.”

Solar Solve Marine now supplies its screens to vessels throughout the maritime world.

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