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What’s Got Us Talking 29th July 2022

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

Take a look at our biweekly news round-up of what’s got the team talking, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine, industrial and off-highway sectors.

Komatsu ‘technology fest’ at Bauma 2022

Company set to unveil ‘ground-breaking’ developments that demonstrate ‘advanced thinking’

WHAT Komatsu call ‘ground-breaking future technologies, digitalization, electrification, and their path towards carbon neutrality’ will be amongst the highlights for visitors to the company’s stand at the Bauma 2022 exhibition in Munich this October.

Recognizing Bauma’s standing as the world’s leading trade fair for construction machinery, Komatsu will use the occasion to unveil a mix of 27 brand-new and well-recognized machines in what their distributor in Ireland, McHale Plant Sales, says will be ‘a technology fest’ that will demonstrate ‘the advanced thinking that the Japanese manufacturer brings to the construction equipment sector’.

Gosport lifeboat station issues warning after ‘busiest start to a month ever’

Lifeboat crews in Gosport have issued a safety warning to people cooling off in the sea, following a record number of callouts in the first half of July.

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) — already one of the busiest lifeboats in the UK — says it recorded 22 incidents across the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour in the first half of July, after soaring temperatures sent people flocking to the coast.

CEMEX USA introduces natural gas concrete trucks

CEMEX USA has added 38 low-emission natural gas-powered concrete trucks to its fleet in southern California.

The move is part of the company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its value chain by 2050.

The new fleet includes 30 ready-mix and eight tractor Peterbilt trucks powered by low emission compressed natural gas (CNG) or renewable natural gas (RNG).

The new fleet is expected to help CEMEX reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Southern California by approximately 24,000 pounds (910,886 kg) each year.

UK firm debuts green ‘system-of-systems’ delivering 92% cut in GHG emissions

UK-based engineering company Expleo is trumpeting a closed-loop, e-methanol fuel cell, which it claims delivers a 92% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, opex savings of £1.4m ($1.67m) a year and a projected four-year payback on retrofit capex.

Expleo modelled its so-called system-of-systems solution on the multi-tasking Bibby Wavemaster 1, a vessel used to service offshore wind farms.

Historic Appledore shipyard wins minesweeper contract: £55m boost for Titanic builder Harland & Wolff

The ship was part of a fleet using high-definition sonar to scour sea-beds for mines and lost explosives. It will be given a new lease of life serving with Nato ally Lithuania. H&W said the value of the contract, awarded by the MoD and the Lithuanian Defence Materiel agency, had the potential to increase through additional equipment and further upgrades. It is its first contract in the sector. 

Chief executive John Wood hailed it as a ‘watershed’, providing ‘the breakthrough that we needed’ to enter the market. 

The shares rose 14.1 per cent, or 1.75p, to 14.13p on the deal. The company ‘strongly believes that this will significantly enhance the company’s reputation in the market and pave the way to securing future defence and government contracts’.