200HP OXE Diesel will be trialled onboard a workboat at Marine Harvest’s salmon
farm off the Island of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides.
is the first diesel with the horsepower to meet our requirements and subject to
the satisfactory outcome of the trial, enables Marine Harvest Scotland to
benefit from significant cost and logistic advantages in the remote areas where
Marine Harvest operates. In the Scottish Highlands and Islands petrol stations
are scarce and prices are some of the highest in the UK”, said Colin Whitehead,
Engineering Manager (South), Marine Harvest.
Paul, General Manager of Hampshire based MDS Marine said that the company will
be receiving the first production units in spring 2016.
addition to coastal fishing, aquaculture and ferry operations, other potential
applications include survey work, emergency services, EEZ protection and other
Diesel has the highest power density of any marine diesel and offers the range
and performance to operate in the extreme environments required by commercial
operators. It also allows outboard engines to be used where petrol engines are
prohibited on safety grounds, such as for most naval applications. As well as
offering lower maintenance and a longer service life, diesel offers lower fuel
consumption and can be safely stored on site and above ground for easy access.
Diesel incorporates a unique self-contained belt propulsor unit (S-BPU) that
eliminates the traditional high maintenance bevel gears and transfer shafts by
utilising the latest belt drive technology. It uses a conventional automotive
engine block adapted for marine use. Unlike most outboards OXE is mounted
horizontally, which improves reliability and reduces maintenance.