Cox Marine will highlight the development of next-generation hydrogen solutions

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Posted on June 15, 2022 6:47 PM by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Cox Marine]

Manufacturer CXO300 is also showcasing its revolutionary diesel outboard engine with UK distributor Berthon at the VA30/31/32 docks, with demos available on a Cox-powered RIB

Demonstrating its commitment to meeting the challenges of reducing global CO2 emissions, Cox Marine will preview the development of usable hydrogen-based marine propulsion systems at this year’s Seawork International.

James Eatwell, Head of Research and Development at Cox Marine, will present at Get Set to Workboat 2050 on behalf of SHAPE UK as part of a series of expert speakers in a session titled “Opportunities for Hydrogen and clean growth”.

British diesel technology innovator Cox Marine is partnering with SHAPE UK (Shipping, Hydrogen & Port Ecosystems UK), a consortium seeking to make Portsmouth International Port the UK’s first zero-emission maritime hub. As part of this project, Cox is working with the University of Brighton to convert one of the company’s CXO300 diesel outboard engines to operate as a dual-fuel hydrogen engine and to demonstrate the operation of the engine in the port environment. The conversion and demonstration is part of the wider SHAPE UK project which aims to demonstrate a feasible modular green hydrogen generation system in Portsmouth International Port (PIP).

During his presentation, James will reveal the technical aspects of the ship and engine refit and some of the challenges Cox had to overcome. It will present: the goals and objectives of the hydrogen-diesel outboard work package; the implementation of the hydrogen system, within the framework of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition; the barriers, infrastructure and regulatory considerations that will enable port managers to install a “green hydrogen” generation and storage system in the port; future opportunities for zero-emission workboat engines and a zero-emission port.

James Eatwell said: “Hydrogen represents a very promising option for reducing marine CO2 emissions, so I am delighted to join the Seawork session to discuss the SHAPE UK project. The maritime sector as a whole, and Cox in particular, recognize the need to make a positive contribution to the significant challenges of reducing global CO2 emissions.

Chaired and moderated by Andy Page of Chartwell Marine, Session 5 of Get Set For Workboat 2050 highlighting “Hydrogen and Clean Growth Opportunities – Is there a place for hydrogen in the decarbonization roadmap for the workboat industry?” takes place on June 21 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Register for the session here.

Pier on Berths VA30/31/32

Also at this year’s Seawork International show, Cox Marine will be showcasing the CXO300 high performance diesel outboard with UK and Irish distributor Berthon.

As a heavy-duty diesel outboard engine, the CXO300 brings a long-awaited mono-fuel alternative to the global commercial workboat market. It offers the benefits of using diesel, such as fuel efficiency and safety, with the cost saving benefits of using an outboard motor.

A commercial-grade diesel-powered outboard motor, the CXO300 reduces maintenance and transportation costs for commercial workboat users, reducing vessel downtime. The CXO300 offers 30% more range and 30% less CO2 emissions, compared to leading 300hp petrol outboards, with 650Nm of torque. All of this allows the machine to move more weight more efficiently and in a more controlled and fluid manner.

On display at Seawork, the Cox engines will be fitted to three different boats, including the Ribco Seafarer 36 with two Cox CXO300s which are approaching 500 engine hours, and the ABP Southampton Patrol RIB with a single Cox CXO300.

Berthon will also conduct sea trials via an all-day online booking system throughout Seawork on its 8.8m demonstration RIB with a single CXO300, allowing operators and boat builders to experience the silent power of the Cox diesel outboard in real life.

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