What is claimed to be the first viable high-power diesel outboard engine for military users is being launched onto the global defence and security market at DSEI by UK-based Proteum Ltd, part of SC Group (Stand N9-360).
According to Proteum, the 200hp OXE Diesel outboard − manufactured by Swedish company CIMCO Marine − has the highest power density of any marine diesel and has the range and performance to operate in the extreme environments required by military operators.
NATO’s single fuel policy to improve safety and interoperability is driving the transition to diesel power, as the use and storage of petrol aboard ships is increasingly prohibited by navies and other forces due to its volatility. Diesel engines offer advantages in terms of lower maintenance, longer service life, lower fuel consumption and lower volatility, allowing for safe storage on board ships and on land.
OXE Diesel uses a conventional automotive engine block adapted for marine use and, unlike most outboards, is mounted horizontally so as to improve reliability and reduce maintenance. OXE Diesel also incorporates a unique self-contained belt propulsor unit that eliminates the traditional high-maintenance bevel gears and transfer shafts by utilising the latest belt drive technology.
An OXE Diesel-powered Boomeranger rigid inflatable boat will give waterborne demonstrations of its capabilities at DSEI. An OXE Diesel engine will also be on static display on the Proteum/ SC Group stand.