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What’s Got Us Talking 7th January 2022

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

Welcome to the first weekly news round-up of 2022! Take a look at ‘what’s got us talking’, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine and industrial sectors.


Rossinavi reveals all-electric 40-metre catamaran

Italian yard Rossinavi has revealed its first fully electric catamaran concept, the Sea Cat 40. The 42.75-metre catamaran design is said to have been inspired by phytoplankton, a type of marine algae that can convert sunlight into energy.

Similarly, the Sea Cat 40 is equipped with 135sqm of solar panels, which are said to generate up to 250kWh of electricity by capturing the sun’s rays. The designers say the Sea Cat 40 can travel up to 3,850 nautical miles at 8 knots exclusively using solar power.

Driverless cars to hit public roads in Milton Keynes

Remote-controlled driverless cars will be trialled on public roads later this month in Milton Keynes, with the long-term goal of making remote transport safer than normal driving. 

The trial will use a small two-seat vehicle called the Fetch, developed by British company Imperium Drive. 

First of class 14m lifeboat

Diverse Marine have signed a new vessel construction agreement for a first of class 14m ‘Medina Class’ lifeboat for a UK volunteer lifeboat service.

After a competitive international tender process using a design from Walker Marine Design, the construction of the vessel (for Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service) at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK completes the evolutionary process that saw the original Medina Class Lifeboat built very close to the current build location over 35 years ago – before the design was adopted by the Dutch who built Caister’s current Lifeboat, Bernard Matthews II 17 years ago.

Tilbury Douglas to save 2,500 tonnes of CO2e after green fuel switch

Tilbury Douglas, a leading UK building, infrastructure, engineering and fit out company, has partnered with construction services provider Speedy, to help cut its projects’ CO2e emissions by up to 90% using hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

The company has switched to using HVO from red diesel to fuel generators and machinery on its projects UK wide. The partners expect the switch to save 2,500 tonnes of CO2e per year*, a similar impact to taking 1,800 cars off the road**.