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What’s Got Us Talking 19th November 2021

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

Welcome to this weeks round-up of ‘what’s got us talking’, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine and industrial sectors.

New Ferry Purchased for CalMac Scottish Island Services

Scottish Government controlled Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) has confirmed that it has agreed to purchase a Norwegian ferry for use by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac).  The ship, MV UTNE, is earmarked for the Oban – Craignure (Isle of Mull) route.  The 50m-long ferry is presently owned by Norled.  That company is in the process of replacing its fleet with battery-electric ferries.

UK government unveils EV chargepoint design in electrification push

The government has revealed a prototype for an electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint, in its push to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

The charging point has been designed by product designers PA Consulting in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (RCA). It was revealed at the UK Pavilion at UN climate change conference COP26.

SMarT funding scheme extended for maritime cadets

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has confirmed a further six-month extension to the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) fund for cadets unable to finish their training due to covid.

The scheme was extended last year but now, in response to feedback from the industry, funding extensions will continue and be available for up to 12 months in total for each eligible cadet.