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NEXT GEN Workshops Address Burning Issues in a Changing World

Mon, 31 July 2017

A series of one day NEXT GENERATION Workshops are being held 'back to back' at the Grand Harbour hotel and conference venue overlooking the port of Southampton on 24 25 26 October 2017.

The NEXT GEN programme combines a group of dynamic international presenters with panel discussions. Opening sessions for each Workshop feature expertise from heads of UK Border Force, Ministry of Defence, RNLI Design and Engineering team.

Workshop Lead, John Haynes, said, 'In recent years less people are expected to do more work and time is becoming scarce for everyone in the marine industry. Our focused one day Workshops are designed to deliver a unique mix of sessions that are highly relevant to all sectors. The feedback from recent NEXT GEN Workshops has highlighted hot topics for further discussion. In recent weeks I have personally asked a number of organisations what are their most current and burning issues. These suggestions have been used to develop the October Workshop programme.'

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US NAVY HIGH SPEED VESSEL USNS YUMA IS SOLA-SOLVED

Mon, 31 July 2017

Solar Solve Marine continues to be a successful supplier to the US Navy for its current series of Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that are being built at USA shipyards.  The South Shields based manufacturer of the marine industry’s brand leading SOLASAFE® roller sunscreens recently dispatched a consignment of 30 to a shipyard in the USA for USNS Yuma.  It is the eighth in a series of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels that Austal USA is delivering under a contract with the U.S. Navy valued in excess of US$1.6 billion.

The 30 SOLASAFE® roller sunscreens are to be installed at the navigation bridge windows to improve the crew’s working conditions, in particular to help prevent discomfort and distractions from the sun’s glare, thus creating a safer environment.  They will also reject over 60% of the heat that would otherwise be transmitted through the glass, significantly increasing the benefits experienced by the personnel, as well as helping with cost and environmental issues due to a reduced air conditioning power requirement, when they are in use.

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SOLAR SOLVE SUPPORTS SOUTH SHIELDS MARINE SCHOOL fund

Thu, 08 June 2017

After Solar Solve Marine made a donation to South Shields Marine School’s Dr. Winterbottom Charitable Fund the chairman was invited to meet some of the people involved with it.

He was updated on its progress by Les Watson, the founder and fund chairman and then introduced to other committee members and Muraleedharan Balakrishnan, a student who has benefitted from the fund through a loan and grant, which has avoided him having to give up his course half way through and return to India due to unfortunate circumstances beyond his control.  John was told of other students who have been similarly helped by the charitable fund, with the Hardship Fund segment being the most utilised so far.

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Maritime Professionals ask the Hard Questions

Mon, 08 May 2017

Over 80 maritime professionals attended two unique one day events focussed on the sub IMO / sub 24 metre sector in Southampton this April.

The fast moving and dynamic one day Workshops brought together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide. The superb team of presenters shared unique insights and highlighted potential solutions for a changing world.

Workshop Lead John Haynes said, ‘The format of these one day events is shaped by our experience and is constantly evolving. Topics focus on visible marine industry issues today, plus hidden areas of concern we may need to face tomorrow. The latest feedback shows that our fast Workshop pace works well, plus our cutting edge Q&A sessions linked to panel discussions are particularly useful. We ask the audience for burning questions – and we certainly get them!’

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MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held on TUESDAY 25 APRIL at the Grand Harbour hotel in the port of Southampton.

Mon, 10 April 2017

This is DAY 1 of a unique programme of two ‘back to back’ one day events for the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector. ALL marine sectors are invited to participate in these two specialist Workshops.

Man overboard and death by drowning is still the prime risk at sea. Workshop topics include location of a casualty in the water and solutions range from crew keeping a traditional lookout to the latest electronic devices. Besides the challenge of working in rough conditions lifting the casualty can be hampered by injuries, clothing and vessel design.

Workshop Lead John Haynes said, ‘We fully appreciate that the whole subject of MOB prevention, location, recovery and treatment can only be touched upon in a one day seminar. Our objective is to bring together people with genuine experience to share knowledge and endeavour to improve best practice across all maritime sectors.’ 

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RS & WBV Whole Body Vibration Workshop is being held on WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL at the Grand Harbour hotel in the port of Southampton.

Mon, 10 April 2017

RS & WBV – Repetitive Shock & Whole Body Vibration – sessions look at how requirements and expectations are changing for planning craft in all sectors. Professional operators can learn techniques to improve efficiency and safety for everyone onboard, including crew and passengers.

The fast moving workshop style programme brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide - and highlight potential solutions to attendees from a wide range of organisations.

Workshop Lead John Haynes said, ‘Having trained over 100 organisations we know that any incidence of injuries to crew and passengers can affect the overall performance of an organisation. There is no 'one off' solution to the demands of fast boats at sea. This seminar looks beyond suspension seats and highlights why an effective shock mitigation strategy is essential.’ 

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SOLARGLIDE SCREENS PART OF DANISH FERRIES’ £4.5 MILLION REFURBISHMENT

Thu, 23 March 2017

This month, Solarglide has provided a grand total of 143 privacy screens to two European ferries that travel between Newcastle and Amsterdam.  

This exciting project is part of a huge £4.5millon refurbishment by the ferries’ Danish owners, and with their 7-year warranty in place for their new screens which act as solar, blackout and dim-out blinds, the lucky passengers can be assured that future journeys will be comfortable.  

Whilst installing the screens, they even got the opportunity to sail on the two ferries. Thier screens are all flame-retardant and resilient towards stains, but, most importantly, they block out harmful UV rays by up to 93% which essentially improves the comfort of passengers, as well as the prevention of fading furniture.  

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Ian C. Darley & H2NA Ltd Announce Collaboration

Mon, 13 March 2017

Ian C. Darley, Naval Architect and Marine Consultant of over 40 years and H2NA Ltd with over 30 years’ experience, have announced that they will be formally collaborating over the coming months and years.

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LARGE ORDER OF ROLASOLV® FABRIC BLINDS SUPPLIED TO THE CRUISE SHIP CARIBBEAN PRINCESS

Wed, 01 March 2017

Solar Solve Marine, the British manufacturer of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens and ROLASOLV® fabric roller blinds for ships, has just won a contract to supply 55 ROLASOLV® screens to the cruise ship Caribbean Princess.

Solar Solve Marine has supplied more than 150,300 screens and roller blinds to over 15,540+ ships worldwide since 1987, and all products are ISO 9001:2008 quality assured.  The company’s main product line is the well-known SOLASOLV® range of heat rejecting, anti-glare roller screens for navigation bridge and control room windows.  The primary benefit of SOLASOLV® roller screens is to ensure safer navigation by reducing glare so electronic displays and bridge equipment are easier to read whilst providing a clear outward view without eye-strain. ROLASOLV® is the company’s other line of products which include fabric roller blinds and complete blackout blinds for cabins. They are the only fabric blinds in the world to be Type Approved by DNV-GL in accordance with the mandatory IMO FTPC Part 7 A.563(14) Resolution.

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Specialist Man Overboard & Injury Prevention Workshops

Tue, 14 February 2017

A unique programme of two one day events for the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ in Southampton UK on 25 & 26 April 2017. The fast moving workshop style programme brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide - and highlight potential solutions!

Event organiser and Workshop Lead John Haynes said, ‘We are pleased to invite ALL marine sectors to participate in these two specialist Workshops. We have listened to feedback from high level attendees at recent events and there are clearly two areas that will benefit from in depth attention.’

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SOLAROLA® AND SOLASAFE® 30th ANNIVERSARIES

Wed, 18 January 2017

As South Shields based Solar Solve Marine enters the new year of 2017 it is a very significant one for them.  In 1987 business owner John Lightfoot was developing an idea in conjunction with Sunderland Shipbuilders, to design a roller blind that could replace solid Perspex anti-glare screens that were hung or placed in front of a vessel’s wheelhouse windows to help protect the crew from solar glare.  They were very cumbersome to handle, usually difficult to store and took up a lot of valuable space one way or another. 

The solid screens were also useful, to a degree, in making the wheelhouse cooler, although after a while the heat that they absorbed was re-radiated into the room and they lost part of that additional benefit.  The anti- glare capability was the primary benefit solid screens offered.

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CANADIAN FRIGATE TO BE SOLAR SOLVED WITH SOLASAFE® SCREENS

Thu, 05 January 2017

At the end of 2016, South Shields based Solar Solve Marine dispatched 22 of their brand leading SOLASAFE® roller sunscreens to Canada to be installed at the navigation bridge windows of HMCS OTTAWA, a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. Ottawa was commissioned in September 1996 and is the twelfth and final ship of the Halifax class that were built as part of the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. 

The vessel underwent a Mid Life Refit last year and as a consequence the 22 screens will be installed by the ship’s staff to act as a navigation safety aid as well as a means of improving their working environment.  SOLASAFE® sunscreens will protect bridge personnel from solar glare as well as infra-red and ultra-violet radiation and are instantly retractable, to allow totally clear windows, any time the need arises.

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Solasafe, The Seegoing Solution® For MEGA Container Ships

Thu, 05 January 2017

Immediately prior to Christmas, the multi-award winning team at South Shields based Solar Solve Marine dispatched a big consignment of their Type Approved products to the company’s World Wide Distributor in Busan.  The goods are to be installed on a variety of new vessels being completed at a number of shipyards mainly in South Korea.

Of particular significance is the order that is destined for the Mega Container Ship ‘Madrid Maersk’, currently under construction at Daewoo’s huge facility in Okpo and due to be delivered in April 2017. 

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Safeguard Engineering Services

Thu, 05 January 2017

Is your company supplying services to the commercial or leisure marine industry? Is the work activity potentially hazardous? If so you should have a robust Safety Management System (SMS) in place to ensure that your work is conducted safely and in accordance with applicable Health and Safety (H&S)/Maritime Safety Legislation and Regulations (such as The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (H&S at Work) Regulations and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code).

We have found that numerous marine industry based companies have generic land based SMS in place which do not adequately assess or cover maritime operations. 

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Exhibiting in UK or Europe?

Thu, 05 January 2017

Spaceonly Ltd have been building modular, re-useable exhibition stands for a number of years.  This year we have invested in a new system that allows us to build stunning exhibition stands quickly and cost effectively, offering savings over traditional joinery-made stands.  These are available to hire, fully installed, anywhere in Europe.  We can also incorporate back –lit graphics, LED lighting and bespoke furniture to match.  As members of the SSA, we also offer a 10% discount on any UK builds* and 7% discount on builds in Holland, Germany or France.

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Solar Solve Blinds On New Carbon Fibre Hulled Fast Ferries

Wed, 14 December 2016

South Shields based Solar Solve Marine recently supplied a consignment of 5 SOLASAFE anti-glare roller sunscreens and 6 CASSLITE blackout blinds for the bridge windows of a newly constructed vessel at the Brødrene  Aa, shipyard in Hyen, Norway.  They also supplied 55 DIMMLITE roller blinds for the passenger areas of this 40 metre carbon fibre catamaran named Jin Zhu Hu, the first of 2 fast ferries ordered by Guangzhou Liuanshan Port Passenger Transport Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.  A similar consignment of 66 Type Approved roller screens and blinds has also been supplied by Solar Solve for the sister vessel.

Equipped with 2x MTU 16V2000 M72 engines and the new S63-4 waterjets from Rolls Royce, the 270 passenger Jin Zhu Hu achieved a top speed of 35 knots, carrying 30 tonnes of dead weight.  A floating floor has been installed to reduce noise level, and during trials an average of only 66 decibels on main deck and 59 decibels on the upper deck was recorded.

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Dales Marine Services Collaboration Establishes International Shipping Benchmark

Tue, 13 December 2016

Aberdeen, 8th December. One of the UK’s largest providers of specialist shipping solutions, Dales Marine Services, has formed a collaborative partnership agreement with Retrofit Specialists Cleanship Solutions to provide a turnkey service for Ballast Water Management System retrofits. 

 The IMO Ballast Water Convention was triggered after Finland’s ratification in September 2016, commencing a 12 month countdown to entry into force on 8th September 2017. 

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Rolls-Royce to supply equipment for 13-vessel Damen order

Mon, 05 December 2016

Rolls-Royce is to supply propulsion and deck equipment for a major order awarded by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) to Damen Shipyards for 13 tugs to service contracts in Texas and Valdez.

ECO has signed a contract to provide escort and ship-assist towage at a new LNG export terminal under construction at Corpus Christi and four 80tbp Damen ASD 3212 tugs have been ordered to service the contract.

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Marine Fire Protection: An Ungoverned Space

Mon, 05 December 2016

Fire protection remains an “ungoverned space” within the maritime industry. There are too

few qualified engineers who may be considered subject matter experts in

marine fire engineering, and too often, marine fire protection is seen as a cost than an

investment and something vital to the overall business activity of the customer. A “safety

first” culture often remains both un-pursued and unrewarded.

In terms of ships extinguishing systems there exist two broad categories: sprinkler systems

and gas systems. The former can suffer leakage, but the latter can cause catastrophic effect

given its physical pressures. Overall, the value of the marine assets that fire systems protect is

increasing rapidly but the competitive nature of the free market in the fire and marine

industry places great pressure on it to deliver systems which often only minimally comply

with the regulations and deliver the asset protection at the most economical cost.

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Solar Solve Customers Appreciate 3 Rivers Offer

Thu, 01 December 2016

Over the last 3 months a number of Solar Solve Marine customers took advantage of one of the company’s many USP’s.

In these cases, it was free measuring and fitting for vessels visiting North East England.  Solar Solve offers a FREE – NO OBLIGATION measuring and quotation service for SOLASOLV and ROLASOLV Type Approved sunscreens and roller blinds, to vessels berthed in the three rivers, Tyne, Wear or Tees.  Any orders that are placed automatically qualify for FREE FITTING at the same location

UK Dredging had a vessel, UKD ORCA, in the A&P yard in Middlesbrough that needed 5 existing solar blinds, not Solar Solve products, replacing whilst the vessel was in for repairs.  The windows were measured up and the job quoted for on Tuesday 13 September and a fitting team returned to the yard on Friday morning 16th September to remove the existing screens and install 5 SOLASAFE anti-glare roller sunscreens that have a 7-year guarantee.

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CMR AND ROYSTON COLLABORATION BEARS FIRST FRUITS

Fri, 28 October 2016

CONTROL, instrumentation and electrical engineering specialist CMR UK, working alongside new sales agent Royston Diesel Power, has identified numerous and ‘significant’ marine and power generation opportunities.

First fruits of the partnership include the supply of exhaust gas temperature monitoring units, temperature and pressure sensors, wiring harnesses and marine telephones for end-users of GE, Caterpillar, Ruston and Mirrlees engines.

The move also paves the way for a wave of vessel automation projects and a potential new development programme around the integration of the CMR Integrated Alarm Monitoring and Control System (IAMCS) technology featuring Royston’s enginei remote monitoring system. 

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Solar Solve’S US Naval Successes

Wed, 26 October 2016

The first order to be processed by South Shields based Solar Solve Marine in October, was for a consignment of SOLASAFE roller sunscreens, the company’s most popular product, to be shipped to the USA for installation at the wheelhouse windows of USNS Kanawha, a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler of the United States Navy.  This the second order for the vessel, the first one being in October 2008. 

Over the years Solar Solve is very proud of the fact that they have supplied a range of their products, but mainly the SOLASAFE product, to 29 different US Naval ships, most of them returning for more at various times in their life.  In the photo is USNS Walter Diehl, another Fleet replenishment oiler, who’s crew also benefit from SOLASAFE anti-glare screens.

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TEN YEARS AT SOLAR SOLVE FOR MAL AND MARK

Mon, 24 October 2016

It was on 9th August 2006, 4 months before HRH The Duke of York officially opened Solar Solve Marine’s new Tyne Dock Facility, when two young men, Malcolm Craig and Mark Weatherburn joined the company as Production Technicians.  They obviously do not regret the move because they are still here, more than 10 years later and continuing to do a great for the company and our customers, just as they always have.

Mal opted to remain in the factory manufacturing Solar Solve Marine’s full range of Made-to-Measure products, as and when they are ordered, to the company’s exacting standards.  In a previous job he was a folk-lift truck driver but has fight to get a turn at driving our truck because all the Production staff are qualified as forklift drivers and they all like driving it.

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Solar Solve Supports School Career Event

Wed, 19 October 2016

The Team at South Shields based Solar Solve Marine were delighted to accept an invitation to attend a local school’s careers event.  Carl Johnson, Solar Solve’s Operations Manager visited the school to take part in what was a Careers Workshop for year 6 students. It was based on the speed-dating system of moving the children round the hall to give them the opportunity to speak to all kinds of professionals, to gain an insight into their role within their organisation and the career opportunities available to the students.

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Chemco Solve Deck Steam Pipe Coating Problem

Wed, 19 October 2016

Finding a suitable coating system which can provide long-term maintenance-free corrosion protection for deck steam pipes in the Marine Industry has long been a major problem for all ship owners. Although they take up little space onboard, they are of vital importance to ship operations. They have a unique environment of operating at high temperature whilst being exposed to a hot saltwater atmosphere and UV attack.

Over the years many systems have been tested and have failed with no long-term solution being found. The majority of conventional paint systems which have been utilized only offer a short-term solution and regularly require to be recoated.

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Apprentices and Classic Yacht Senora aground and needing a Tow!

Mon, 26 September 2016

The classic Yacht Senora was carried into Sunderland by low loader on 20.8.16 and chocked and propped in Bay 3 of the historic Pallion Shipyards. The plan is that she be restored by the Senora Trust's apprentices, as part of their NVQs in Marine Engineering. Sunderland's heritage of world famous engineering skill will be taught to the apprentices and will be the foundation for their new careers. Senora will be restored to her former glory in time for the Tall Ships festival July 2018. From her berth by Sunderland quayside, she will become 'The Peoples Yacht', providing sail training and day trips for the community into the future.

18 young people aged 16 - 18 began their apprenticeships on 15.8.16. They have been excellent - full attendance, full of energy and interest. It has therefore been a bitter disappointment for all of us when two weeks ago the training company delivering the NVQs admitted to the Trust that they had not received authorisation from the Skills Funding Agency to deliver the training as promised. Without the training, the Trust could not access the funding that had been agreed to pay the apprentices.

We immediately sought another training partner, and within 48 hours South Tyneside College, the regional centre for Marine Engineering training, had agreed to run a 12 month apprenticeship at NVQ level 2. The Trust has one third of the funding for this, but to be absolutely sure that our apprentices are not let down a second time, the Trustees have agreed that we must have secured in advance all the funding required before we recommence the apprentice program. 

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More Solar Solve Marine Orders for Chinese Built Gas Carriers

Mon, 26 September 2016

South Shields based Solar Solve Marine recently dispatched a consignment of almost 150 Type Approved SOLASOLV Anti-Glare Roller Screens and ROLASOLV Roller Blinds of assorted shapes specifications to their Shanghai based Distributor.

They are to be installed in the last 2 vessels in a series of 6 innovative Dragon 27,500 cubic metre Multi Gas Carriers that began life as an official project between the shipyard and owners EVERGAS when the contract was signed at the beginning of 2013.  The vessels are equipped with the world’s biggest C-type bi-lobe tanks enabling them to carry various types of gasses such as LNG, LPG, ethane and ethylene and will be allied to the shale gas industry.  They also meet many environmentally friendly standards such as CLEAN SHIP and green passport.  

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NEW ROYSTON ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS & HEALTH CHECK CAPABILITY WILL REDUCE VESSEL DOWNTIME

Fri, 02 September 2016

The introduction of a comprehensive engine diagnostics, health check and consultancy service has expanded on the traditional marine engine service and repair business of diesel power specialist Royston.

This follows significant investment in personnel recruitment and training, new technology and equipment, and an enhanced software capability for the in-depth analysis of engine and condition monitoring data.

As well as supporting on-board engine maintenance routines and class surveys, the extended Royston Health Check programme will also provide fully trained and experienced service engineers for emergency engineering responses, fault-finding and problem diagnoses.

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Dynamic next generation vessel workshops

Tue, 23 August 2016

A unique programme of three specialist events for the sub IMO/sub 24m professional sector is being held back to back at the Grand Harbour in Southampton UK this October.

The fast moving workshop style programme brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide and highlight potential solutions.

John Haynes, event organiser and workshop lead, said: “Next Generation sessions are dynamic and relevant, with plenty of long breaks to encourage networking and knowledge sharing. We focus on viable innovation and using people’s time effectively. We also know that having the right people onboard is essential and there is no substitute for meeting the experts face to face when asking the hard questions.”

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Metallisation protecting marine investments

Tue, 23 August 2016

Parkol Marine Engineering, based in Whitby, UK has recently applied a thermal sprayed zinc coating to a new whitefish trawler, the ‘Resilient LK195’, to protect it from corrosion.

At the same time as the Resilient was being coated, the 26m single rig whitefish trawler, the Guardian Angell LK272, was back at the Whitby boatyard for a refurbishment.  The effectiveness of the zinc coating process can clearly be seen to the rear of the Guardian Angel where the trawl doors are brought back on board.  Despite extensive paint damage, Metallisation points out that the robust thermal sprayed zinc base layer clearly remains and continues to protect the hull from rust. 

The anti-corrosive properties of the metal spraying process are widely recognised in the shipping and marine industry, where steel super structures and vessels are subjected to very damaging corrosion from the sea and salt laden air of the world’s shipping and fishing industries.

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3 Unique Next Generation Workshops in Southampton UK - 25 26 27 October 2016

Mon, 15 August 2016

A unique programme of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton UK this October. The fast moving workshop style programme brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide - and highlight potential solutions!

SSA members receive 20% discount. Each Workshop concentrates on a particular current area of interest so members can attend single days or all 3 days. The subjects highlight emerging opportunities and many will be relevant to companies in both commercial and leisure marine markets.

Next Generation SHOCK MITIGATION Workshop on 25 October 2016 focuses on shock mitigation solutions. Attendees include Commercial, Professional and Military Organisations, Boat Builders, Equipment Manufacturers, Service Providers and Classification Societies.

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Señora Trust - Training, Restoration and Employment.

Mon, 15 August 2016

The project will train young people in the manufacturing skills that made Sunderland the world’s premier Shipbuilding town, providing the new generation a good foundation for careers in the engineering and construction industries.

The project is based in the historic Pallion Shipyard, the last shipyard still standing on the Wear.

The Trust is partnered with Monumental Training ltd and Pallion Engineering, and works closely  with NE companies to promote maximum inward investment and job creation, providing apprenticeships tailored to the manufacturing sectors’ staffing requirements. Our first 20 apprentices start on the 8.8.16. Our workshops will take up to100 apprenticeships in engineering to 2019. The men who built the ships will work with our instructors to help our apprentices achieve NVQ Diplomas (level III) in Marine Engineering, carrying the community’s traditions of manufacturing excellence into the future.

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ROYSTON APPOINTED AGENT FOR YANMAR MARINE

Mon, 08 August 2016

Independent diesel engine service company Royston has been appointed Service and Parts Agents for Yanmar. The new appointment will see Royston providing maintenance, spares and service support for Yanmar medium speed marine commercial engines throughout Europe and Africa.
 
The appointment is supportive of the company’s fleet management offering to customers where all engines in a fleet can be managed by Royston. The company has over 35 years’ experience of working on all types of marine diesel engines and has long standing relationships with the major diesel engine manufacturers.
 

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AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH ’s FLYCO WILL BE SOLASAFE

Mon, 08 August 2016

Following in the footsteps of a number of Tyneside based marine equipment and services suppliers, South Shields based Solar Solve Marine recently dispatched a consignment of 10 super sophisticated SOLASAFE anti-glare, heat reflecting roller sunscreens for the Flying Control room (FLYCO) windows of the Royal Navy’s new super aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. 

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Safe Personnel Transfer – New Product Demo

Tue, 02 August 2016

You are invited to join Reflex Marine on Wednesday 3rd August at EnerMech's Training Centre, Great Yarmouth, UK, for a demonstration of the new WAVE-4 personnel transfer carrier.
Whether you are transferring personnel for ship-to-ship (STS) operations, from installation to vessel or vessel to jack-up, WAVE-4 protects personnel and improves the efficiency of your operations.
 

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*NEW PRODUCT* - Portasteele Calculator ™

Tue, 26 July 2016

No more cylinder weighing required. Coltraco Ultrasonics are thrilled to announce the launch of their Portasteele™ Calculator, the first system of its kind able to convert the liquid level contents of fire suppression agents into a weight/mass reading. By converting the liquid level height of CO2, NOVEC™ 123, FM-200™and other liquefied gaseous readings taken with a UL-listed Portalevel® MAX, the Portasteele™ Calculator is able to calculate the exact mass/weight of the agent inside any cylinder and caters mathematically for temperature variations. 

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Rolls-Royce to showcase new MTU systems

Mon, 25 July 2016

Rolls-Royce will present its new MTU brand propulsion systems at the SMM in Hamburg this year.

The systems are designed to meet IMO III and EPA Tier 4 emission regulations for commercial, offshore and military vessels and yachts.

Dr Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, said: “With the introduction of our new and advanced diesel and gas engines, in addition to our proven and robust propulsion systems, we are now offering our customers in the maritime industry the latest green and high-tech developments for the coming decades.”

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Communication and electronics partnership

Mon, 25 July 2016

UK Communication and safety specialist, Ocean Signal and AMI Marine, leading manufacturer of marine electronic equipment, will launch a new partnership at this year’s SMM exhibition.

The two companies will announce a collaborative project relevant for commercial vessels of 3000gt and over which will enable the integration of Ocean Signal’s range of GMDSS and safety equipment with AMI Marine’s years of experience in VDR (Voyage Data Recorder) system design.

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3,000 HOURS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ON TEST BENCH: THE NEW MTU GAS MARINE ENGINE FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

Wed, 13 July 2016

The new MTU gas marine engine, the first from Rolls- Royce, has already successfully completed 3,000 hours on the test bench. “We can now confirm that the engine meets both our requirements and those of our customers: its performance and its acceleration behaviour are similar to the excellent characteristics of a diesel engine. It is economical, reliable and clean,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. As of 2018, Rolls- Royce will deliver the first certified series production gas engines for commercial vessels. Rolls-Royce will be presenting the new MTU gas engine at the international maritime trade fair SMM (stand 305, Hall 3A) from 6 to 9 September in Hamburg.The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. 

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Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe

Mon, 11 July 2016

Coltraco Ultrasonics are excited to announce the release of the Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe Zone 1 as part of their commitment to enhance consistent safety at both land and at sea. The Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe Ultrasonic Liquid Level Indicator is designed to provide enhanced Speed, Operation and Performance under high intensity testing requirements. The Zone 1 ATEX, UL and RINA approved Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe services CO2, old Halons, FM-200®, NOVEC™ 1230 and HFC-225 & 227 cylinders in 30 seconds, with an accuracy of up to +/-1.5mm. The Zone 1 ATEX approval of the Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe classifies that the equipment “provides a very high level of protection in continuously present explosive atmospheres”. 

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Improve durability with the new Sealed 4-Ball lower

Mon, 11 July 2016

The Sealed 4-Ball lower circulation pumps now have a longer maintenance cycle and can handle harsh materials without needing lubrication. They are compatible with all Graco’s circulation pumps and therefore easier, faster and cheaper to replace.

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SOUTH SHIELDS MARINE SCHOOL’S FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY SALUTE

Tue, 05 July 2016

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Thomas Masterman Winterbottom, founder of South Shields Marine School, is being celebrated by the creation of the Dr. Winterbottom Charitable Fund, to help students in the UK and abroad.

Dr. Winterbottom was born in South Shields on 26 March 1766, graduated in medicine in 1792 and was appointed Physician to Sierra Leone the same year.  During his 3 years of treating the local population and undertaking research into tropical diseases he made significant progress in understanding the symptoms of sleeping sickness.  On returning to South Shields he practised as a GP for 27 years then retired and spent the next 35 years closely involved with local charitable and educational work.  He made a major contribution to a number of the town’s charities but is most famous as the founder of South Shields Marine School which opened in 1861, two years after his death. 

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UK based Kort Propulsion

Mon, 04 July 2016

UK based Kort Propulsion, established in 1935 and now in their 81st year, are pleased to announce this week that they have signed two new contracts with Tor Marine (an affiliate of TOR Group from Tuzla, Turkey).

The new contracts, which will be officially signed by both parties at Seawork 2016, are for two 27m Pilot Boats, delivering 2680kw with a contracted speed of more than 16 knots and a 16M Workboat with 12T Bollard Pull. 

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A PAIR OF THE WORLDS BIGGEST VLGC’S ARE SOLASAFE

Mon, 04 July 2016

In mid-2014, Chinese shipowner and operator Tianjin South West, set the designers at Jiangnan shipyard a big challenge by asking them to design and build a pair of 54,000 dwt ships that would be, when delivered, the world’s biggest VLGC’s (Very Large Gas Carriers).  It would put China at the forefront for the building of these types of liquefied gas carriers, which transport high-risk inflammable and explosive gas worldwide.

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Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 - John Haynes

Mon, 04 July 2016

The Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year award celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector. The Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 winner is SSA member John Haynes, managing director of UK company Shock Mitigation who sponsored the SSA drinks reception at Seawork.

He was nominated by James Ellison, who said, ‘John Haynes is a thought leader in the high speed craft, shock mitigation and hybrid marine power sectors with a unique ability to engage and create momentum globally. John has a passion for these sectors, rooted in his own maritime background. He has a genuine vision of improving people’s lives on boats. His work with over 100 organisations is testament to this.’

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SOLAR SOLVE SENDS BIG ORDER TO KOREA FOR HCV SEVEN ARCTIC

Mon, 04 July 2016

At the end of May, South Shields based Solar Solve Marine dispatched 60 of their SOLASAFE anti-glare roller sunscreens to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea for installation at the wheelhouse windows of Subsea 7’s state-of-the-art, new heavy construction/Flexlay vessel, the Seven Arctic.

With a number of key capabilities, which include a 600 tonne vertical lay system (VLS), a unique 900 tonne knuckle boom rope-luffing crane, 2600 m² of deck space, two work-class Remotely Operated Vehicles and a 700 tonne underdeck basket for the storage of flexible pipe and umbilicals, the Seven Arctic will provide a step change in the management of ever more complex deepwater subsea field development projects.

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Safeguard Engineering limited and Wills Ridley Limited Link Up

Thu, 16 June 2016

Two members of the SSA have made a professional link up with their companies thanks to a recent SSA newsletter introducing new member Safeguard Engineering limited (SEL). 

Wills Ridley Limited who provide Hydraulic Steering to the Marine industry were pleased to announce that SEL were now assisting them with all aspects of safety. This includes ensuring a continuous improvement to safety for its employees and customers and to install and promote a positive safety culture.

SEL provide a personal Safety and environmental management consultancy service to the commercial marine, leisure marine and Defence Industries.  

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Kort Propulsion signs new contracts at Seawork

Wed, 15 June 2016

Kort supplies propulsion systems across the whole commercial sector. Pictured, the Marsden Bay pictured, which is powered by Kort 2.0m propellers in fixed nozzles

UK based Kort Propulsion has signed two new contracts with Tor Marine, an affiliate of TOR Group from Tuzla, Turkey, at Seawork International.

The new contracts, which were officially signed by both parties at Seawork 2016, are for two 27m pilot boats, delivering 2680kw with a contracted speed of more than 16 knots and a 16M Workboat with 12T Bollard Pull.

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Solarglide unveils latest window films

Wed, 15 June 2016

UK manufacturer, Solarglide, has unveilled its latest range of marine window films at Seawork International.

The anti-fade window film eliminates 99.5% of UV radiation, protecting navigational equipment from sun damage, interiors from overheating and soft-furnishings and fabrics from fading.

It allows vessel owners to combat the effects of fog with a film that eliminates interior condensation, preventing the need for costly interior heating systems and reducing the likelihood of mould.

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Bloctube Marine Services ltd and Euro Offshore BV

Tue, 07 June 2016

Bloctube Marine Services ltd and Euro Offshore BV are pleased to announce with effect from 1st April 2016, Bloctube Marine have become the sole UK & Ireland distributor for all sales and servicing of rescue boats ,fast rescue boats ,lifeboats and motion compensated launching appliances under the brand name EO Lifesaving . Bloctube Marine is well known company in the UK marine sector for safety equipment and instrumentation produced in the UK over past 100 + years.

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