Significant operational benefits
The OXE Diesel is designed to last. Accessable service-points and longer service intervals lead to lower maintenance costs and longer operation times. Longer TBO results in life cycle costs that are kept at a minimum whilst time on the water remains high. The combined benefits of the modern Diesel Engine and the efficient transmission provide unique benefits for durability and increased range, optimized to reduce life cycle cost.
Diesel is often required on safety grounds as workboats and landing crafts work alongside fire regulated structures e.g. Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) jetties and also because the supply of petrol is becoming increasingly limited. The OXE Diesel is the first approved high performance diesel outboard.
The UK marine distributor Proteum has supplied three OXE Diesel 150 engines to Landing Craft UK (LCUK), safety and workboat specialists, who built the landing craft for GPSM DiveCo Ltd.
Tony Kortens, MD of Landing Craft UK Ltd, said, “The OXE is faultless; the smoothness; power; and thrust of the engines are amazing. We can achieve speeds of 20 knots in a boat that weighs in excess of ten tonnes. The OXE’s excellent fuel economy shows with all three engines running to their maximum we have a fuel burn of 90 litres per hour which is phenomenal”.
Jeremy Paul, General Manager of Proteum, said, “Commercial operators have been wanting a high performance diesel outboard for a very long time to benefit from diesel’s lower maintenance and longer service life. OXE has solved this need, proved its reliability and is ready to go!”
In addition to workboats, the OXE diesel is suitable for coastal fishing, aquaculture, ferry operations, survey work, emergency services and other security and defence related operations.
Diesel has a higher working efficiency than petrol and OXE uses up to 40% less fuel than a modern 4-Stroke Outboard. The OXE Diesel also has an extended range, significantly increasing operational time between refuelling.
Bjørn Toni Bakken, who has installed twin OXE diesel on an Aluventure 1100XE states: “After driving my boat with 2 x 200 HP OXE for over 400 hours this year I am very pleased with this innovative product! My main reason for selecting OXE was the lower consumption and long service intervals, but I am equally impressed by the low dB and how smooth the gearbox is, especially since I use joystick to maneuver a lot. Thumbs UP!”