South Shields firm clinches two US orders

NEW ORDER ... the Tokitae car ferry.
NEW ORDER ... the Tokitae car ferry.

A SOUTH Tyneside company is making a big splash after clinching two US orders.

Solar Solve Marine, based at Tyne Dock, South Shields, will supply its roller screens to two American ships.

The order is worth $30,000 for the borough company, which employs 16 staff and supplies its anti-glare products to the international marine sector.

Carl Johnson, operations director at Solar Solve, said: “The US market is becoming an increasingly important market for our company.

“Since last year sales to the US have increased by more than 30 per cent compared to our overall increase in sales, which is currently about 17 per cent.”

The firm will supply its Solasolv screens for the Tokitae, the first of three 144-car ferries for the State of Washington and built by US Vigor Shipyard.

Another contract with BAE will see Solar Solve supplying its roller screens for a platform support vessel 
under construction in Florida for Jackson Offshore.

Trading since 1975, Solar Solve now exports 90 per cent of its products.

The South Shields firm provides sun and glare protection to the marine and offshore industry through its Solasolv brand of anti-glare screen.

Solar Solve screens are installed at the windows of all types of ships, rigs and cranes.

The screens have an essential safety function, rejecting up to 87 per cent of heat and up to 93 per cent of glare from the sun.

This reduces glare, boosts safety and provides a better environment for marine staff, allowing them to better read electronic displays and improving operations.

Solar Solve products are used in newbuilds and retrofits and are approved by classification societies Lloyds, ABS and DNV.

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