The idea behind the new Cheetah SR630 is that, if you’re not yet ready to commit to full electric propulsion, you can start off with internal combustion, safe in the knowledge that your EV-ready RIB will make converting to an electric boat later on simple and easy. Better still, you can enjoy reduced emissions right from day one thanks to the remarkable efficiency of the hull.
OXE Marine Inc (US), a subsidiary of OXE Marine AB (publ), has received two orders totaling 14 OXE300 HP diesel outboard engines, including spare parts and C-CRES mobility support, for the U.S Navy’s continued use in their ongoing test and evaluation program for research and development objectives of diesel outboard engine technology for possible future operational applications. The total value of the orders amounts to SEK12M (USD1.1M), and delivery of the products is planned for June this year.
The U.S. Navy is using the annual BALTOPS exercise in the Baltic to test out new applications for unmanned systems, including a novel idea to use an unmanned boat for saving downed pilots who end up in the water.
The “Joint Personnel Recovery” scenario usually involves sending a manned force to find and rescue the pilot from a hostile area. Instead, 6th Fleet personnel tested out the idea of sending a USV out to the distressed pilot instead, recovering them and bringing them back to safety – all unmanned, and remotely controlled from a nearby vessel. It may be the first time that this particular application for a USV has been tested.
In the springtime, just as certainly as flowers blossom in the meadow under a warming sun, a boater ponders the pending boating season, beginning to wonder what’s new in marine power. With that notion in mind, here’s a first glance at the bedazzling, shiny new objects you might see when prowling the docks in 2023.
Silver Ships, Theodore, Ala., has been awarded a contract to build up to 246 High-Speed Maneuvering Surface Target (HSMST) custom vessels for the U.S. Navy. If all options are exercised, the contact will be worth $50 million. The order is the largest and most lucrative in Silver Ships’ history. The majority of the boats will be powered by twin Suzuki 225 outboards, but some will use Mercury diesel outboards because they will be aboard Navy vessels that don’t carry gasoline.
Shoreham UK – 05 June 2023 – Following joining SHAPE UK in 2021, a consortium looking to transition Portsmouth International Port into the UK’s first zero-emissions maritime hub, Cox has been working with the University of Brighton on developing its dual-fuel hydrogen engine for operating within a port environment. Taking the project to the next level in environmental sustainability, Cox has now introduced the use of Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil, or HVO as its more commonly referred to, to replace the standard diesel mixture, which can use as little as 15% of the fuel to ignite its hydrogen-powered outboard to provide 85% of the outboard’s propulsion.
Volvo Penta last week hosted a soft launch of its hybrid-electric propulsion system with member of the press and dealers to gauge feedback before moving into production. The system, being developed in conjunction with Groupe Beneteau, was installed aboard a Jeanneau NC37. “This innovative hybrid concept sets itself apart with a state-of-the art, fully integrated system. This includes Volvo Penta joystick docking and dynamic positioning system in electric mode, delivering a fine-tuned level of precision and control,” says Volvo Penta. “The electric motors and combustion engines work together to deliver responsiveness and a smooth acceleration boost.
Designed for both recreational and commercial use, the 300-hp CXO300 is a new generation of diesel technology, offering high-torque diesel propulsion for the marine outboard market. While it has the same horsepower rating as 300-hp gas engines, that is the only similarity. At peak torque it has 39% more torque than a well-know 300-hp gas outboard. But, it delivers all of its torque and power when it is needed — at low RPM — to enable boats to get on plane quickly and stay there at far lower fuel consumption than a similar horsepower gas outboard. Because it is so fuel stingy, the Cox diesel outboard has significantly greater range than any gas outboard engine.
1st June 2023, OXE Marine UK and Ireland distributor, Proteum supplies North Star with 10 OXE Diesel 300hp Diesel Outboards. This follows successful sea trials of the twin OXE 300hp supplied to North Star’s first UK-built hybrid-powered SOV workboat “Grace Darling”, in September 2022. Specifically designed to support offshore wind projects, North Star’s vessel design brings a hybrid-propulsion SOV workboat fleet powered by twin OXE 300hp diesel outboards to the market for the first time. The success of the sea trials aboard the leading infrastructure vessel support operator’s first SOV workboat has led to the supply of 10 OXE 300hps by the end of 2023.