Happy Holidays from Seaflex!

A truly defining year comes to an end.

2020 has truly been one of the strangest years in the history of Seaflex. Just as for many other business around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic turned the year completely on its head in more ways than one. We are lucky that all Seaflex Group employees are healthy and we truly hope all of you reading this are also healthy and safe. This sudden global crisis led to a number of countries in which we operate to do complete lockdowns, others required 2-week quarantines for anyone travelling to or from the country in question. It goes without saying that installations were not possible in these areas.

With the rollout of new vaccines, we are now looking forward to business returning back to normal, or close to it. We believe that this pandemic will make a mark in more ways than one, and some even believe some good may come from such a disaster. During the year we have seen a truly rapid adaptation to the travel bans and inabilities to conduct normal business meetings, seminars and trade shows. Just a few months ago, Seaflex attended our first completely virtual FPV exhibition, and the use of various video conference systems has allowed us to keep “visiting” both new and old customers. This is something we believe will become more normal even after the pandemic, since we have all now experienced how well it actually works!

During the year, we have focused a lot on taking steps towards achieving our vision – to become the standard for sustainable mooring technology. By being project leaders in the EU-supported Fresher project and taking part in the DNV-GL Joint Industry Process, we have made a lot of progress throughout the year. This especially applies to the new(er) floating solar (FPV) industry, where we are working very hard to spread the knowledge of elastic mooring systems. Unfortunately, we have seen a number of failed FPV installations, almost all of them caused by insufficient mooring and/or unexpected storms. Since this FPV market is growing so rapidly and drawing the attention of many potential investors, we need to make sure potentially profitable projects aren’t scrapped – or worse, destroyed after being installed – due to the lack of information of alternative mooring systems. This is why it is so important for us to participate in these studies and workgroups.

Although the renewable energy sector is exciting and growing very fast, the marina segment remains our core business. Due to the pandemic we unfortunately saw several delays in installations, but had a few beautiful marinas and other interesting projects installed with Seaflex. We also met with a customer who showed us a truly “original” Seaflex mooring unit installed in 1978 (and still being used), making it over 40 years old!

From all of us at Seaflex, we wish to extend to all of you our very warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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