Solar Solve Marine sends 500 roller blinds to China
Thu, 29 March 2012
Solar Solve Marine’s Shanghai based distributor recently placed an order for six ship-sets of roller blinds totalling 546 in number for a series of very large crude oil carriers.
Each of the giant vessels are 333mts long, 60mts beam, 30.5mts deep and can carry 318,000 dwt of cargo. Powered by one Wartsila 36,565 HP (26,894 Kw) slow speed diesel engine the fixed pitch propeller will attain an operating speed of 16.1 knots. They will all have 11 SOLASAFE roller sunscreens installed at the navigation bridge windows to protect personnel from the sun’s solar heat, glare and uv light, creating a vastly improved working environment in tropical areas and effectively acting as a navigation safety aid.
A further 80 DIMMLITE roller blinds from Solar Solve Marine’s Type Approved ROLASOLV range will be installed at the windows in the crew accommodation and all other areas of each ship. As well as offering the same solar protection as SOLASAFE but without the clear vision facility, the DIMMLITE blinds enable rooms to be darkened during the day so that crew members can sleep between watches.
John Lightfoot MBE, chairman of the South Shields based marine equipment manufacturer commented, “The most significant aspect of this order is the 80 roller blinds per vessel that the shipbuilder, Shanghai Waigaoqiao and its variety of shipowner customers have all decided are necessary to improve the environment in which the crew members both work and relax. It is an incredible number of accommodation blinds for an oil tanker, from a customer who has been placing similar orders with us for the last ten years, mainly because the ROLASOLV range of roller blind products is the only one in the world that is Type Approved for use on board ships.”
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding is China’s No.1 shipbuilder. Located on the Yangtze River it delivered the first in this series of oil tankers in February of this year, with the sixth due for handover in June 2013.