Proteum shows Baudouin 12M26.3 with SCR first time at Seawork

Most compact and affordable IMO III compliant engine in power range

Proteum is displaying the IMO III compliant Advanced 12M26.3 engine from Moteurs Baudouin for the first time at Seawork International 2019. The heavy duty, four stroke electronic diesel is the most compact and competitively priced of equivalent IMO III EPA IV standard engines. This is due to its modular design and integrated Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, which gives operators greater flexibility in installing the engine to the boat.

The redesigned 12M26.3 with SCR provides a cleaner, quieter engine with superior fuel economy and no loss of power; it also offers low speed torque for better manoeuvrability and increased acceleration, while an up to 2% reduction in fuel consumption delivers an extended range of between 2800 and 4700 nm. The M26.3 with SCR electronic range is available in power settings from 331kW (450hp) to1214 kW (1650hp).

“In the M26.3 range Baudouin has addressed the challenges posed by the latest IMO and EPA standards to achieve cleaner shipping by delivering a practical, affordable and fully compliant propulsion system”, said Neil Taylor, Head of Sales for Proteum, the UK & Ireland distributor for Moteurs Baudouin.

The UN’s International Maritime Organisation’s Tier III of the IMO NOx regulations aims to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) by approximately 70 per cent compared with Tier II.    On January 1 2016 IMO Tier III came into force impacting every new vessel over 500 gross tonnes and with engines more than 130kW.  These regulations apply to vessels in North America, the US Caribbean, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and all future NOx Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

Ship owners and ship managers placing orders for new build ships intending to trade in these areas, whose keels will be laid on or after 1 January 2021, will be required to ensure that compliant engines are supplied. This means Tier III engines or Tier II/III engines under Regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI -Tier II/Tier III engines being capable of operating at Tier II status outside of NOx ECAs and Tier III status when the ship is operating within a NOx ECA.

For over a century Moteurs Baudouin has been a dedicated designer and manufacturer of marine engines for the commercial marine, fishing and shipping sectors. Baudouin engines are highly regarded by commercial operators as they are purpose designed for the marine industry and offer a wide power rating range combined with competitive fuel consumption. Baudouin also builds its engines to forecast, not to order, to ensure availability for customers.

Proteum is exhibiting Baudouin engines on Stand PO12 at Seawork International in Southampton, 11-13 June 2019.

Proteum demos OXE Diesel’s low Total Cost of Ownership

Finance package launched for commercial operators

UK & Ireland distributor, Proteum, has been demonstrating to commercial operators the low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the OXE Diesel outboard in comparison to petrol equivalents. Based on in service data, an operating scenario over 5 years shows OXE’s TCO to be, on average, £100,000 less than a petrol equivalent.

Proteum calculates that, for most users, OXE’s higher purchase price is recoverable after 700-1000 hours and sooner for operators unable to reclaim VAT on petrol. To ease the upfront costs Proteum has launched a Finance package* for commercial operators only. It has also added a TCO information tool on its website where users can calculate the cost profile for their operating scenarios.

Proteum recently held Demo Days at their facilities in Southampton running an OXE 200HP powered Rib. Iain Elliott of Portside Rib Charters, who attended a demo, commented, “The diesel runs very well, its quieter than I thought it would be. The pickup is very good.  The economy is a big thing for me …that was at least half the fuel I would burn on my 250HP Yamaha, so very interesting!”

An OXE 150HP uses up to 45% less fuel than a modern 150HP 4-Stroke outboard, while its extended range significantly increases operational time between refuelling. Diesel’s higher working efficiency, ease of sourcing and lower volatility also makes it safer and more cost effective for commercial operators than a petrol equivalent.

“The Finance package* allows the operator to benefit immediately from OXE’s fuel efficiency and lower ownership costs and alleviates the pain from the upfront costs,” said Neil Taylor, Head of Sales at Proteum.

Earlier this year manufacturer Cimco Marine extended the OXE range with 125, 150, 175 and 200HP options to meet different customer specifications. A 300HP option is currently in development and due to be in production by early 2020.

Proteum is exhibiting OXE on Stand 135 at Skipper Expo International Aberdeen, 17-18 May 2019 and at Stand PO12 at Seawork International in Southampton, 11-13 June 2019.

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Proteum announces Demo Days for OXE 125-200hp portfolio

2 -3 April at Hamble

UK & Ireland distributor, Proteum, is hosting Demo Days on 2 and 3 April at Hamble Point Marina for potential commercial users of the newly extended OXE Diesel 125-200hp portfolio of high performance outboard engines. OXE is the world’s first high power diesel outboard and in service in applications including fishing, aquaculture, workboats, ferry, lifeboat and military operations.

There will be two sessions per day from 10.00-12.00 and 2.00-4.00 which include a short introduction to OXE Diesel followed by a half hour water demo on an OXE 200 powered JBT Rib. The Proteum team and the engineers who support the engines will be on hand to answer questions. There will be two water demos per session, each able to carry 4 people, so places are limited to 8 per session.

The sessions are free.  Click here to book

With over 200 units in service with high intensity users, OXE has proven its reliability and cost effectiveness.

Based on in service data, an operating scenario over 5 years shows OXE’s total cost of ownership to be, on average, £100,000 less than a petrol equivalent due to its fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs.  For most users, OXE’s higher purchase price is recoverable after 700-1000 hours and sooner for operators unable to reclaim VAT on petrol.  This is due to its fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs when compared to an equivalent petrol outboard.

This year Proteum will also be exhibiting the OXE Diesel at Skipper Expo Int Galway and Seawork.

Proteum announces OXE Diesel 125 and 175 ‘now available’ at Skipper Expo Int Galway 2019

Proteum, UK & Ireland distributor for OXE Diesel, is announcing at Skipper Expo Intl Galway 2019 that the new OXE 125 and 175 additions to the OXE Diesel product portfolio are now available in stock for fishing and commercial marine customers. The extended portfolio, launched in November by manufacturer, Cimco Marine, offers 125HP, 150HP, 175HP and 200HP options to meet a range of user specifications.

Proteum will be exhibiting the OXE Diesel, the world’s first high power diesel outboard, at the show. With over 200 units in service with high intensity users, OXE has proven its reliability and cost effectiveness in a wide range of applications. “Our in service data shows OXE’s higher acquisition cost is recoverable after only 1500 hours or 12 months operation when compared to an equivalent petrol outboard”, says Neil Taylor, Head of Sales at Proteum.

The OXE Diesel is a cost effective alternative to petrol in total cost of ownership, benefitting from lower fuel costs, higher working efficiency, lower maintenance and ease of sourcing compared to petrol. OXE 150 uses up to 40% less fuel than a modern 150HP 4-Stroke outboard giving it an extended range, significantly increasing operational time between refuelling. Diesel’s lower volatility also makes it a safer option than a petrol alternative.

The new OXE 125 suits heavy duty use by small fishing vessels and Oil & Gas marine field users. It also offers tax advantages in certain regions. OXE 175 offers an alternative to OXE 150 users who require either a high top speed or a heavy load carrying capability with high and low torque gear options.

OXE uses a unique belt driven propulsion system, which allows a hydraulic multi plate gearbox to be mounted. This enables the gearbox to handle significantly higher loads than a traditional outboard engine.

Proteum is exhibiting OXE Diesel on Stand 72 at Skipper Expo International Galway, 8-9 March 2019.

Pictured above: Fishing boat ‘Courage’ with OXE Diesel outboards





Mims Davies MP visits Hamble marine engineer Proteum

Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh, visited Hamble based marine engineer Proteum on Friday 18 January, to learn more about the company and share insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit. The company is part of UK engineering services firm, SC Group, and serves a worldwide customer base.

Mims Davies was welcomed by Nick Ames, CEO of SC Group, Shaun Mitchell, Group Finance Director of SC Group, Jeremy Paul, General Manager of Proteum and Robert Talbot Rice, a Non-Executive Director, as well as the Proteum Team. In a tour of the facility she saw the wide range of commercial marine diesel engines, including the OXE Diesel, the world’s first high performance diesel outboard, for which Proteum acts as distributor and supports with high quality technical services.

Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies said:

“It was great to visit the Proteum UK team in Hamble on Friday & chat about their specialist local jobs, supporting STEM subjects & the need for more women engineers.

“We also had some really productive conversations about the issues, opportunities & challenges around Brexit. As I’ve said many times before, it’s always great to hear from local businesses about what matters to them locally and nationally, with the majority of Proteum’s Hamble workforce living locally.

“I’ve spoken to the Business Secretary since returning to Westminster to raise some of the areas discussed with the Proteum Team, and will continue to support them and other businesses as Eastleigh’s MP.”

Nick Ames, CEO of SC Group said,

“We were pleased that Mims Davies was able to meet with us at Proteum and hear her views and observations on the implications of Brexit on businesses such as ours. It was a valuable opportunity for us to brief her on the impact Brexit has had on Proteum’s business so far and our concerns for the future”.

Beta Marine enhances marine generator range with Baudouin engines supplied by Proteum

Beta Marine has enhanced its marine generator product range with the addition of Moteurs Baudouin engines to expand its offering to a global customer base.   Gloucester UK based Beta Marine, which has over 30 years’ experience producing and marketing marine diesel propulsion engines and generating sets, has selected Proteum as its engine supplier. Marine Services company Proteum, is the UK & Ireland distributor for Moteurs Baudouin and a range of other marine diesel engines.

Proteum received its first order from Beta Marine in July for eight Baudouin 4W105S OEM auxiliary engines which have been delivered to a key export customer for four new build vessels. Beta Marine is offering Baudouin powered marine generating sets in varying kVA that are heat exchanger cooled as standard with keel and radiator cooling available as an alternative.

“Baudouin’s engines are renowned for their reliability and low operational and through life costs and adding them to our marine generator range has already allowed us to meet a specific need from a customer. We have built a good relationship with Proteum who can support us both in terms of supply and with high quality technical services”, said Radus Lungu, Sales Manager, Beta Marine.

Chris Lambert, Business Development Manager, Proteum, said, “Being selected by Beta Marine is a significant endorsement for both Proteum and Baudouin engines. Beta Marine’s reputation and global network open up new market opportunities for Baudouin’s marine generator sets”.

Moteurs Baudouin has produced engines since 1918 serving the marine and industrial markets. Its products are distinguished by their genuine marine design, offering quality, adaptability and reliability. The production facility in Cassis, France, has Bureau Veritas ISO 9001 certification and their marine products have type approvals from most major marine classifications societies. They have developed advanced emissions technology and can offer IMO III and EPA IV compliance on some of their larger models.

OXE Diesel Outboards power new Thames workboat

Proteum has recently supplied three 150HP OXE Diesel outboard engines to power a new workboat for operations on the River Thames. The UK marine distributor has supplied the engines to Landing Craft UK (LCUK), safety and workboat specialists, who built the landing craft for GPSM DiveCo Ltd.

A diesel outboard was required on safety grounds as the landing craft will work alongside Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) jetties and also because the supply of petrol on the Thames is becoming increasingly limited. The OXE Diesel is the first approved high performance diesel outboard and was selected as the best in class.

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 150HP 4-Stroke Outboard. The OXE also has an extended range, significantly increasing operational time between refuelling.

River Thames Landing Craft powered by 150HP OXE Diesel Outboard engines supplied by Proteum



4,000km round trip with OXE Diesel Outboards

AluVenture, the Norwegian producers of aluminium boats, have recently celebrated their success in completing a 4,000 km round trip in their new 11000XE model boat from their base in Oslo to Seawork in Southampton, London, Scotland and then back to Oslo.

The journey was the perfect opportunity for AluVenture to prove the quality of their new boat and the reliability and durability of the two OXE Diesel Outboards powering the vessel.

The OXE Diesel outboard engines demonstrate their capabilities with a 4,000km round trip on the AluVenture from Oslo to Seawork in Southampton, London, Scotland and back. Buy OXE Diesel engines from UK distributor Proteum.

The 11000 XE is AluVenture’s largest model to date. It is 11m long and 2.8m wide. Due to the high torque of the OXE Diesel Outboards this model can reach top speeds of 45 knots.

The boat began its voyage in Oslo and headed straight down the West Coast of Sweden to Angelholm. From there, the boat travelled to Germany and through the 99km long Kiel Channel which connects the Baltic and the North Sea. Within the channel there was a maximum speed of just 8 knots, making the journey through the channel a long 7 hours. The next leg of the journey was to Amsterdam and then onto Dover, finally ending up in Southampton for Seawork 2018 where it was able to demonstrate its operational capabilities to potential consumers.

The crew decided to take a different route home via the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament before travelling up to Peterhead in Scotland, stopping at Lowestoft, North Shields and Lindisfarne. The final stretch of the journey was 303 nautical miles back to Norway across the North Sea.

The Aluventure 11000XE on the River Thames outside the House of Parliament which is powered by two OXE Diesel outboard engines. It completed a 4,000km round trip from Oslo to Seawork in Southampton, London, Scotland and back.
The Aluventure 11000XE in London

The trip took a total of 10 days.  The longest run was from Peterhead in Scotland to Mandal in Norway which took 13 hours.  The first 11hrs were at 27kn in good conditions. The last two were at 14kn in bad conditions. In total the boat used approximately 4,900ltrs of diesel, including day trips during Seawork demonstrating the significant fuel economy of the OXE engines.

The AluVenture 11000XE is now departing on another voyage around Norway leaving from Halden and finishing in Kirkens to display this innovative vessel and the OXE Diesel outboard across Norway.

OXE Diesel Outboards are extremely well suited to commercial users. They offer the potential for extended journeys, fuel efficiency, low maintenance costs and improved acceleration.

Proteum is the official distributor for the UK and Ireland. To enquire about the OXE for your vessel, please contact Proteum today!

Proteum announces availability of production OXE Diesel at Aquaculture UK and Skipper Expo International

UK & Ireland distributor Proteum is announcing at the consecutive Aquaculture UK and Skipper Expo International shows the availability of production OXE Diesel engines in stock to meet customer demand. OXE is the first diesel outboard in the 150-300hp class to be fully approved for commercial use.

Since the first pre-production OXE Diesel units entered service in 2016 following trials with launch customer, Marine Harvest, the engine design has been enhanced based on customer feedback from operators in applications including commercial fishing, ferry, cruise ship launch craft and border protection.

Inverness based Caley Marina has become a service partner to Southampton based Proteum to support OXE into service in Scotland and is currently operating an OXE powered workboat on Loch Ness for product familiarisation and training.

Caley Marine Director, Jamie Hogan said, “As the first high power diesel outboard, OXE is an exciting new product for Caley’s customers in Scotland’s aquaculture and fishing community”.

OXE Diesel offers commercial marine operators the range and performance they require and the benefits of diesel’s lower maintenance, longer service life, lower fuel consumption and lower volatility for safe storage on board and on land.

Proteum, which provides marine engineering and support services, is also UK & Ireland distributor for Moteurs Baudouin and is showcasing the latest addition to Baudouin’s range of mechanical inboard engines, the 600-750 hp M33.2 available in six and twelve cylinder versions. Proteum is also displaying the 130hp four cylinder W 105M, which is proven in service as a generator, propulsion and auxiliary engine in fishing, small ferry, workboat and other commercial marine applications.

This year Baudouin is celebrating a 100 year heritage as a dedicated marine engine designer and stated its commitment to future development and production of mechanical engines to meet the needs of fishing skippers and customers operating in remote regions.

Proteum is also highlighting the availability of Baudouin engines which are built to an annual forecast, as opposed to an individual order, enabling distributors to maintain stock and deliver a new engine within tight schedules.

Visit Proteum on Stand 43 at Aquaculture UK, Aviemore, 23-24 May and on Stand 135 at Skipper Expo International, Aberdeen, 25-26 May.

BUKH announces the asset takeover of Marinediesel AB VGT engine series

Today, BUKH A/S has announced the acquisition of Sweden based Marinediesel AB´s production of VGT marine engines, taking over the production and development of the powerful GM based V8 Diesel. In the future, production, sales and support will take place from BUKH´s Danish factory, ensuring that the engines meet the high quality standards that have been the trademark of Danish-built BUKH engines since 1899.

Representing another milestone in our company’s growth plan, this acquisition strengthens BUKH´s position, expertise and competitiveness in the marine segments where BUKH has been represented for more than 110 years. BUKH has taken over all assets of Marinediesel AB relating to the VGT marine engines, and from today all the marine activities from Marinediesel AB will be executed by BUKH.

Proteum is the UK distributor for BUKH and has many years experience working with the Marinediesel VGT range.

For all UK enquiries for spare parts, engines and technical support please contact Proteum on 02380 457 656 or


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