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What’s Got Us Talking 10th June 2022

The latest news from across the industry that ‘got us talking’

Welcome to our fortnightly news round-up! Take a look at ‘what’s got us talking’, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine, industrial an off highway sectors.

ORT Offshore announce its plans for the Irish offshore wind sector

ORT Offshore is delighted to announce its foundation and its plans for the Irish offshore wind sector. They are currently in the early phase of a likely three year project, two of which will be the building of the actual vessel itself.

ORT Offshore are currently in test phase with various vessel design options / shipyards and in due course, we’ll keep this page updated with news as we progress. In the meantime some photos below of one of the current designs under consideration.



Fossil-free steel world first for Volvo CE

World’s first construction machine built using fossil-free steel has been delivered to a customer

In the latest step on their path towards carbon neutrality, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have become the first manufacturer to deliver a construction machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer, demonstrating the fast-tracking of innovation to real-world solutions as companies across the value chain come together to drive change.

The A30G articulated hauler was handed over by Volvo CE president Melker Jernberg to long-standing customer NCC on 1 June, at a ceremony hosted by LeadIT – the Leadership Group for Industry Transition – in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting Stockholm +50. It was attended by John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Annika Strandhäll, Swedish Minister for Climate.

The move comes just nine months after the company unveiled the world’s first vehicle concept using fossil-free steel, as part of the testing of the implementation in an ordinary production setup.

Sandvik upgrades tracked mobile plant solution

Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens has upgraded its QA Series product offering with the three-deck tracked mobile plant, the QA452.

The QA452 features two triple deck inline screen boxes with equal size screen decks, each providing 100 sq ft of screening area.

The plant utilises Sandvik’s Doublescreen technology, which can outperform traditional screens by up to 30 per cent, offering tailored rock processing solution for the quarrying, recycling and mining industries.

It has independent screen angle adjustment and patent pending hydraulic screen separation. This allows the primary screen to be hydraulically separated to gain better access for maintenance and enable faster screen media changes.

The QA452 also comes as a ‘e’ model, the QA452e, which offers a more sustainable solution. It comes fitted with the hybrid drive option, giving the flexibility to choose the most economical and efficient energy source, such as diesel or electric mode. This leads to lower operating costs and reduced carbon footprint.

First UK charging network for electric maritime vessels launches in Plymouth

The first UK e-marine hub of shore-side charging facilities for electric vessels has been unveiled along the perimeter of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.

The high-power DC electric charging stations were switched on at several locations including a stated world’s first 150kW charging facility situated at Mount Batten, the UK’s first 75kW site at Queen Anne’s Battery and a 25kW installation at the Barbican landing stage. The project will offer commercial enterprises a sustainable, cost-effective and time-effective way of transitioning from diesel to electric forms of propulsion.

In the future, further electric charging facilities are to be installed in Devon and Cornwall with the aim of providing a charging point for electric vessels every 10 miles along the UK’s southern coastline.