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What’s Got Us Talking 13th May 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 and industrial sectors.

On the road to zero

Mowi Scotland is on the road to zero with the addition of electric vehicles to the fleet and more set to follow in 2023.

The vehicles, which include two Citroen E-Space Tourer 8-seaters, will be based at Mowi’s two recirculating freshwater aquaculture farms at Inchmore and Lochailort, and will be used to transport staff to and from work, predominately from Inverness to Inchmore and Fort William to Lochailort. Both hatcheries have also had electric vehicle charging points installed.

Speaking about the new electric vehicles, Allan MacMaster, Manager at Lochailort, said: “Both production sites now have electric vehicles. In addition to the clear environmental benefits from this move, thanks to the electric people carriers, it is now easier to transport staff to and from their place of work which is a real advantage that will also help with recruitment in the future.”

Branded with ‘Leading the Blue Revolution’ the new vehicles are a clear indication of Mowi’s environmental goals.


Efficient dozing with Liebherr

Bulldozers were amongst the first items of construction equipment to benefit from the use of machine control technology.

These machines are amongst the most complex to drive properly and with a global shortage of operators for equipment of all types, the use of machine control technology has become increasingly important.

Liebherr is taking the use of machine control systems to new heights with the introduction of its Generation 8 dozers. 

Productivity, versatility and efficiency are said to be important features of the Generation 8 models. The machines benefit from very low working noise, low engine speeds and hydro-elastic cab mounts that ensure smoother operation, while the large cabs offer a good all-round view for maximum visibility. However, the most important feature of the Generation 8 units comes in the shape of the latest operator assistance technology.

The dozers offer three levels of machine control. The onboard Liebherr systems are based around inertial navigation (IMU) technology and operate independently of GPS. The automatic free grade system uses two IMUs, one of which is mounted on the blade while the other is on the machine. The first level uses the IMUs to achieve active blade stabilisation. The second level allows basic modelling of 2D surface and the third level offers full 3D technology and uses systems from Topcon, Leica Geosystems or Trimble depending on the customer preference.

7 rescued as $8.5m superyacht suffers malfunction in large waves

Seven people have been rescued after the 43-metre Benetti superyacht Domani suffered a malfunction off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington.

The US Coast Guard has released dramatic footage of the US$8.5m yacht rolling violently and being pummeled by large waves, 25 miles off the Pacific Coast.

The crew made a distress call after they realised they could not close the transom door, and the beach club started taking on water. According to the Coast Guard, the crew also switched on the fire suppression system after spotting smoke, which resulted in a loss of power and light, leaving the yacht floundering in large swell.  It is currently unknown why the transom door failed.

100% hydrogen engine launched designed for heavy duty applications

At the World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam, BEH2YDRO launched its 100% hydrogen engines for heavy-duty applications.

BEH2YDRO is a joint venture between Anglo Belgian Corp. and CMB.TECH.After the successful launch of dual-fuel engines in September 2020, BEH 2 YDRO is now launching 100% hydrogen engines.

“With the launch of this monofuel hydrogen engine, we are taking an important next step in the development of our BEH2YDRO engines. BEH2YDRO can now supply both dual fuel and mono-fuel hydrogen applications for a wide range of heavy industrial applications such as shipping, gensets, locomotives, etc. Thanks to BEH2YDRO we can already green a large part of the off-grid industry today.” – Alexander Saverys, CEO CMB.TECH.

The 100% hydrogen engine range has been developed for heavy-duty applications and has a power range from 1 MW to 2.6 MW. These hydrogen engines are available in 6- and 8-cylinder in-line engines and 12- and 16-cylinder V-engines. As a main drive or in combination with an alternator, they are a reliable and 100% environmentally friendly source of energy for ships, drilling rigs or other marine applications. They are also suited for driving locomotives.


Rolls-Royce submarines to launch Nuclear Skills Academy and new apprenticeships in Derby

Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd will launch a new skills academy dedicated to nuclear training, alongside 200 additional nuclear apprenticeships starting in September 2022.s

As part of its drive to boost nuclear capability in the UK and to create a pipeline for nurturing talent right at the start of their careers, Rolls-Royce Submarines has committed to 200 new apprenticeships every year for at least the next ten years.Based in Derby, the new Nuclear Skills Academy will be supported by industry and education experts, including the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the National College for Nuclear, the University of Derby and Derby City Council. This ensures new apprentices will have access to the best courses and mentors throughout their apprenticeship.The new apprenticeships will be spread across four courses: Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, Business Degree Apprenticeship, Nuclear Engineering Technician Apprenticeship and Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship.