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.
Russian submarine hit Royal Navy warship sonar in North Atlantic
A Russian submarine collided with a Royal Navy warship’s sonar on patrol in the North Atlantic, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
HMS Northumberland had been tracking the submarine when it hit the ship’s sonar equipment being trailed hundreds of metres behind it.
The incident, in late 2020, was captured by a television crew filming a documentary.
A UK defence source said it was unlikely the collision was deliberate.
Holcim in strategic partnership with Magment
Companies developing concrete solutions that will allow roads to recharge electric vehicles
HOLCIM are partnering with German start-up firm Magment to improve their magnetizable concrete technology for road surfaces that allow electric vehicles to recharge wirelessly while in motion.
Known as ‘inductive charging’, this breakthrough concrete-based solution which reduces the need for charging stations, while saving time, is made possible by a special concrete with high magnetic permeability, jointly developed by Holcim and Magment’s research and development teams.
Women joining IoW superyacht cadetship on the rise
UKSA has reported a 150 per cent increase in the number of women undertaking its superyacht cadetship from 2020 to 2021 in a trend that sees a positive shift towards increased diversity in the superyacht sector.
The Isle of Wight-based charity, which provides water-based adventures, education, and maritime training, saw an increase in the number of women from six per cent to 15 per cent from 2020-21 and a 26 per cent increase in students taking up the course overall.
UK restrictions on use of ‘red’ diesel from 1 April 2022
Businesses in the construction industry will no longer be able to use ‘red’ diesel from 1 April 2022 for most purposes.
From this date, it will no longer be legal to use red diesel for non-road mobile machinery such as bulldozers and cranes or to power mobile generators on construction sites. Businesses should prepare for the change by running down stocks of red diesel in storage tanks and considering the cost implications of a move to ‘white’ diesel, and whether these costs can be passed to customers or contractors.
Groundforce launches online excavator attachment hire
The site gives all customers the ability to hire excavator attachments online at any time of the day or night, making hires simple and convenient for customers.
Many of the attachments are available for next-day delivery when ordered before 3 pm.
Signing up to the site allows customers to access their personalised hire rates, with payment available by purchase order. Product pages are updated constantly to ensure the latest information is available and to optimise fast and easy checkout.