OXE diesel outboard powered landing craft
Appearing at Seawork International 2018 will be this useful landing craft type workboat that is powered by a pair of the new OXE 200hp diesel outboard motors.
These OXE diesel outboards were one of the first diesel outboards to appear on the market and this landing craft application is exactly the type of use where they can be a viable alternative to inboard diesels or petrol outboards.
The OXE diesel outboard has a higher price that a petrol equivalent but the fuel consumption is lower which reduces operating costs. Diesel fuel is also much more readily available at construction sites.
This diesel outboard power has been matched to a new type of landing craft workboat in British waters. The Sea Truck range of landing craft is made in Poland with construction in aluminium and they are imported into the UK by Landing Craft UK Ltd. This 12 metre long version will be powered by a pair of the OXE outboards to give a speed of between 15 and 20 knots depending on the loading.
The boat is fitted with an aft wheelhouse that offers seating for six people and there is also a toilet compartment. A full outfit of Simrad electronic navigation and communications equipment is fitted. The boat has a beam of 4.35 metres and with the outboards tilted it will have a draft of just 0.5 metres and the hull section forward has been reinforced for beaching.
The client for this landing craft is GPSM Ltd. which is a large diving contractor currently doing a lot of work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project. The company performed extensive trials on a similar boat in Sweden before placing the order for their boat which combines a large working deck area forward combined with the shallow draft which is ideal for operating in tidal areas. The speed was also important to reduce the travelling time between jobs.
A ramp is fitted at the bow in landing craft style and side doors have been fitted into the bulwarks for easy boarding when alongside. Bow pushers are fitted to allow the craft to act as a push tug and there is a heavy duty guard fitted to protect the outboards. To aid cargo handling a hydraulic crane is fitted on the cargo deck on the port side forward. This Fassi M30 crane can handle loads up to 1000kg. The vessel is coded for MCA Cat3.
See or trial Sea Truck and its OXE Diesel outboards at Seawork International on berth VB43.
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