I’ve received this update from Antarctica. Having months ago abandoned their attempt to trek across the South Pole back, the Coldest Journey crew is now heading home and we have the footage of them breaking camp.
The guys there have spent the past four months just effectively hunkered down waiting for their winter to pass. They called off the expedition back in June after managing just 313km of the planned 3,822km journey. Not even their specially adapted pair of Cat D6N tracked tractors could negotiate the crevasse field tha they encountered. (See our previous report here.)
Father and son team Joe and Kevin Kominski have made the move and struck out on their own with a pair of mini excavators.
Drawing on years of experience working for other utility contractors in Scotland’s Central Belt, the Kominskis decided to set up their own groundworks and utilities contracting business at the start of 2013.
They formed Glen Maree Contracts Ltd, based in Ayr, specialising in the installation of traffic signals and street lights, along with general groundworks projects.
Here’s an interesting machine for you. It’s the largest mobile harbour crane in the UK, apparently.
Newly arrived at Tilbury docks in Essex, it is a Liebherr LHM 550.
It has a maximum safe lifting capacity of 144 tonnes and a boom length of 54 metres. It weighs in at more than 400 tonnes and stands 79 metres high.
An old Volvo L120 has now clocked up a massive 28,000 operating hours at a quarry in the Scottish Borders region.
Kinegar Quarries Ltd of Cockburnspath near Dunbar is a family-run business led by brothers Stephen and Arnot Findlay.
The L120 shovel was bought in the late 1980s and, having benefitted from a replacement engine and transmission in the meantime, it is still going strong at Kinegar Quarry. The brothers have been Volvo fans ever since.
There’s a new bobcat down at Colchester Zoo.
Ok, of course you know I’m not talking about animals here. It’s a Bobcat skid-steer loader. They’ve bought an S175 to replace an old 763 that’s been providing sterling service since 1999.
Estate manager Paul Maguire says: “We have been using Bobcat skid-steer loaders throughout my 15 years at the zoo and long before that as well. The compact design of the new S175 loader and the 763 model before it is ideal for use in the narrow confines of the zoo.”