Can you guess the identity of the mystery digger driver below?
More from the Coldest Journey now, as Finning engineers Spencer Smirl and Richmond Dykes talk about their Antarctic adventure.
Smirl and Dykes, you will recall, were the mechanics in charge of the two specially-modified Cat D6N dozers on the trip.
After 307 days in the Antarctic, they are now back home.
SRC Aggregates has invested in a new excavator for its Crown Quarry facility at Ardleigh, near Colchester.
The Volvo EC220D crawler excavator has been put to work on primary extraction and bulk muck shifting duties, taking over from a Volvo EC210LC that was originally supplied back in 2007. The older machine has now been sent to work at a sand and gravel extraction quarry near Dunmow.
“The performance and reliability of the EC210 cannot be faulted and this was the primary consideration when we looked to add another excavator to our fleet,” says SRC director David Hunter.
The Coldest Journey team is now on its way back to the UK after 11 months in Antarctica.
Only now that they are all safely out of there can these hairy photos be shown. The fear was that the families of the crew would not be able to sleep for worry if they saw the hazards being faced down there.
Interesting news from the continent, where Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) is trialling the suitability of Shell GTL (gas-to-liquids) fuel in construction operations.
The latest range of Hitachi Zaxis-5 excavators is being used to test the innovative fuel as an eco-friendly solution at the Hitachi factory in Amsterdam. This follows tests in Norway earlier in the year in sub-zero conditions.
Shell GTL fuel is produced from natural gas in a chemical transformation process. The basic technology behind GTL is known as the Fischer-Tropsch process, which was developed by German scientists in the 1920s and refined by Shell’s proprietary technology. Firstly (it says here) the natural gas is converted into CO and H2, which are then combined in the Fischer-Tropsch process to form paraffins. These are refined through hydrocracking into various synthetic products, including GTL fuel.