Polar Tankers get sun protection

Jan 12 2018


South Shields, UK based Solar Solve Marine recently dispatched a consignment of SOLASAFE sunscreens to the US operated crude oil tanker ‘Polar Enterprise’.

The company had previously supplied its type approved products in 2006, as part of a major project for both Solar Solve and Polar Tankers.

 

From 2001, over a period of five years, the team at Solar Solve Marine liaised very closely with Polar Tankers on-site representatives at Avondale shipyard in New Orleans. 

 

The contract was to supply five Polar Tankers Millennium/Endeavour class tankers with SOLASAFE roller sunscreens as a navigation safety aid.  The vessels were - ‘Polar Endeavour’, ‘Polar Resolution’, ‘Polar Discovery’, ‘Polar Adventure’ and ‘Polar Enterprise’ , which were the first to be built in the US following OPA 90, which mandated the phasing out of single-hulled tankers.

 

The ships, designed specifically for the transport of crude oil twice per month from Valdez, Alaska, to Washington, California, and Hawaii were designed in partnership with some of the world’s leading naval architecture and marine engineering firms.

 

For Solar Solve this meant some of the company’s employees making multiple visits to New Orleans to measure for screens and then returning to install them.

 

John Lightfoot, Solar Solve’s chairman, commented, “In 2015 we received an order for some replacement SOLASAFE sunscreens for the ‘Polar Discovery’ and we have just supplied some for the ‘Polar Enterprise’.

 

“I was closely involved with some of the measuring and fitting during the original project when the sunscreens were supplied to all of the vessels with a seven-year guarantee, more than 10 years ago. It seems they have lasted much longer, which is very pleasing to know,” he said. 

 



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