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Thursday, July 9, 2020 

UK company Solar Solve Marine says it began 2020 strongly, with contracts to supply a total of 524 of its Solasafe products to 39 vessels currently being constructed and near to completion in 13 different South Korean shipyards.

Solar Solve Chairman John Lightfoot recalls a vessel built by Samsung, a mid-size container ship of 11,000 TEU capacity for Taiwanese container ship owner Evergreen Marine. At 134,869 dwt, Hull No 2263, named Ever Faith is 334m long with a 48.4m beam. Subsequently, orders have been received for the supply of Solasafe roller sunscreens to a further seven vessels in the series, all sister ships to the first.

The second quarter of 2020 has seen more orders from South Korean yards;  a total of 924 screens for 69 vessels, including 259 Solasafe screens for the seven Evergreen vessels.

Lightfoot said: "A couple of years after launching Solar Solve Marine and the Solasafe sunscreen, I made my first marketing foray into the Far East to look at my screens being installed on board, what was then considered to be, a ground breaking, newly designed container-ship-of-the future at the Mitsubishi Kobe shipyard in Japan. At that time, the Ever Reward series of vessels were being built to a radical container ship design, created by teams from the builder and the owner. That was 26 years ago and the first time I had heard of Evergreen, but we must have impressed them because since then, they have been specifying Solar Solve products for many of their enormous fleet of over 200 vessels ever since.”

Lightfoot continued: "Although Solar Solve is very successful in the Far East, we would not have achieved that accomplishment without the help, guidance and business acumen of our world wide distributor based in South Korea. We work very closely together to ensure our shipbuilding customers get the very best products and service, to always delight them.”

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