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What’s Got Us Talking 7th October 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.


All-electric tug cuts fuel costs 50%, maintenance 79% 

In its 2.5 years of operation, all-electric Zeetug30 Gisas Power has reduced CO2 emissions by 446 tonnes and slashed fuel and opex costs compared with a traditional diesel-powered tug

These were some of the key takeaways from a presentation that examined zero-emissions tugs by Navtek Naval Technologies general manager Ferhat Acuner during Session 2 at ITS 2022, the 26th International Tug & Salvage Convention, Exhibition & Awards, held 28-30 September in Istanbul, Turkey, in association with Caterpillar.

During Session 2, Operational Insights,  Mr Acuner was one of three presenters providing case studies detailing hydrogen, electric and autonomous technology focusing on voyage and vessel optimisation and emissions reduction.


Komatsu HD785-8 on demo at bauma 2022

EU Stage V-compliant rigid dumptruck designed for comfort, safety, performance and productivity

KOMATSU Europe’s new EU Stage V-compliant HD785-8 rigid dumptruck will be presented on the demonstration ground at bauma 2022. Based on 100 years of Komatsu experience and know-how, the HD785-8 has been designed, developed, and manufactured to deliver the highest levels of operator comfort and safety, along with maximum performance and productivity.

With safety being Komatsu’s number-one priority, the HD785-8 is equipped with a full LED lighting system and ground-level battery, starter, and machine lockout disconnect switches, whilst a newly designed stairway provides safe access to the cabin.

CLdN to acquire Seatruck Ferries from Clipper Group

Leading European RoRo ferry operator CLdN has entered into an agreement to acquire all shares in Seatruck Ferries Holding Ltd. from Clipper Group. With 8 purpose-built vessels, Seatruck Ferries is the leading RoRo operator on the Irish Sea, transporting close to 20% of the region’s seaborne cargo volumes.

CLdN CEO Florent Maes comments:“We are delighted with the agreement, which is in line with our overall strategy of expanding current trades and developing new routes. Seatruck Ferries is an excellent company with a great route network and a strong business model. Seatruck will be a valuable addition to CLdN’s comprehensive route network and particularly adds to our presence in the UK and Irish markets. We look forward to welcome our new colleagues to the CLdN team and together develop new opportunities for the wider group.”