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What’s Got Us Talking 11th February 2022

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

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

Supporting Port of Sheerness’ journey to a net zero future  

UK Power Networks Services are excited to announce that we will be working with Peel Ports Group to help them on their journey to become a net zero port operator by 2040 .

In order for Port of Sheerness to continue to grow, reduce its carbon impact and continue port operations, we are undertaking detailed modelling and analysis to enable a better understanding of their HV electricity network.

The project will use power system analysis software to provide the electrical layout of the network, load and voltage profiles and protection coordination. This network intelligence will ensure Port of Sheerness can continue with their ambitious carbon reduction and growth plans, while maintaining a resilient energy network.

Bobcat T7X – World’s First All-Electric Compact Track Loader

Doosan Bobcat unveiled its new, all-electric Bobcat T7X compact track loader at CES® 2022, the world’s most influential technology event, held this month in Las Vegas in the USA. 

The T7X is the first machine of its kind to be fully electric, offering the full benefits of eliminating hydraulic systems, components, emissions and vibrations – all while providing a cleaner, quieter machine.

The Bobcat T7X was honoured with two 2022 CES Innovation Awards in the categories of Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation and Smart Cities. The CES Innovation Awards programme recognizes recipients in a multitude of technology product categories and distinguishes the highest rated in each.

The Bobcat T7X was developed for the North American market initially, but internal testing and the gathering of customer feedback is planned for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to identify its commercial potential.

Brittany Ferries Salamanca Receives Blessing at Roscoff

On Saturday 5th February, Brittany Ferries’ first liquefied natural gas-powered was blessed in Roscoff, Brittany in the presence of Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister for Europe and foreign affairs.  

Salamanca joins a fleet of nine Brittany Ferries ships sailing under the French flag. She is the latest and most environmentally-friendly ship operated by Brittany Ferries, the largest employer of French seafarers.

215 metres long and with capacity for 1015 passengers and 2,700 metres of vehicles, Salamanca is the leading French ferry in terms of energy transition: one of the largest, most modern and cleanest in the European Union. It is also the company’s first vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which emits virtually no sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide or particulate matter after combustion.

Salamanca will enter service on 27th March, serving Brittany Ferries’ services from Portsmouth to Bilbao (Spain) and Cherbourg (France).

Maritime minister announces plans to explore shore power

Vessels could one day plug into onshore power sources while berthed, lowering emissions, says the Department for Transport (DfT) as the maritime minister Robert Courts calls for evidence to gather information on shore power’s benefits for the shipping sector.

This follows the UK’s commitment to decarbonising the maritime sector through its Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

Courts is expected to call for acceleration of the UK’s ambitions to deliver a greener, more sustainable future for the shipping industry with plans to explore the roll out of emissions-cutting shore power at UK ports.

Launching the call for evidence at the annual UK Chamber of Shipping (UKCoS) Dinner this evening [7Feb22], Courts will also outline how, as well as vital environmental benefits, stimulating the innovation of new green technologies will continue the revival of the UK’s shipbuilding industry, bringing private investment, creating jobs, and revitalising coastal communities.

Caterpillar set to launch ‘smart creep’ feature

Company to roll out new attachment feature for skid-steers and compact track loaders in Q3 2022

CATERPILLAR have confirmed that they will be launching a new smart creep feature for their D3 skid-steer and compact track loader models that operate Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachments.

Smart creep senses the load on the attachment and automatically adjusts the drive command to keep the cold planer or wheel saw running at the most productive speed. According to Caterpillar, a combination of attachment sensors and proprietary software optimally balances attachment load and machine speed to maximize productivity.

Without the aid of this feature, setting the creep speed too fast can lead to stalling the attachment whilst slower speed results in productivity loss. Smart creep software smoothly and efficiently determines the optimal machine speed for cutting conditions.

Cat’s new smart creep will be available on the US manufacturer’s D3 skid-steer loader and compact track loader machines in the third quarter of 2022.