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SOLAR SOLVE SAYS BIG KOREAN ORDER INDICATES SHIPBUILDING RECOVERY

Sunday, October 21, 2018 

UK company Solar Solve Marine says that it has recently received a significant order via its South Korea-based distributor Samgong of Busan, to supply various quantities of type approved Solasafe roller sunscreens for installation at the wheelhouse windows of 13 vessels currently under construction or on order in South Korean shipyards.

10 of the vessels are being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, which is a great indicator of the builder’s continued faith in Samgong and Solar Solve Marine as dependable suppliers.  One of the vessels that will be delivered with Solasafe screens installed, is the 320,000dwt VLCC London Voyager which is currently being built for Maran Tankers Management (MTM).

When the screens are in use on a vessel they will protect personnel on the navigation bridge from the sun’s glare as well as its infra-red and ultra-violet radiation, creating a more comfortable and safer working environment. The benefits are agreed by the end-users as being very significant.

John Lightfoot, Solar Solve Marine’s chairman commented, “For the last two years, orders from South Korea have been down to as low as 20% of their peak in 2011.  Fortunately, Samgong is well respected by all of the major shipbuilders in Korea as a professionally run first class manufacturer and supplier of all types of marine equipment.

“I first met the company founder and Chairman, H R Zong, 26 years ago during a trade mission to Korea organised by the DTI.  Not long afterwards his company placed its first order with us and we have both enjoyed and benefited from a tremendously successful business relationship ever since.

“If all of our customers were as perfect as Chairman Zong and his super team at Samgong life at Solar Solve would be even more wonderful than it already is.  He is a perfect gentleman for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration.  The fact that a huge enterprise like Samgong has survived the crippling downturn in shipbuilding in South Korea over the last seven or eight years is a tremendous tribute to his capabilities and expertise and those of his son J S Zong, President and CEO of the company, who is obviously very successfully following in his father’s footsteps.”

The team at Solar Solve are confident that this order, along with others from elsewhere that are on the increase, is a reliable indicator that the global marine industry is beginning to recover after so many years of decline.

The image shows part of Daewoo’s Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island in South Korea, with at least 28 vessels in various stages of construction. Solar Solve Marine has been successfully supplying its Type Approved Solasafe roller sunscreens to this location, the second biggest shipyard in South Korea, for the last 26 years and continues to do so, through its worldwide distributor Samgong.

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