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Othniel Oysters chooses twin JCB engines

Twin JCB engines have again been chosen to power a new workboat – this time for Poole based Othniel Oysters headed by Gary Wordsworth.

The 15m x 6m barge MV Triploid has a draught of 0.6m and was built as a second boat for the company.

It is Othniel Oysters’ first harvesting barge to be powered by inboard diesel engines – previously petrol outboards were used.

“Over the last 30 years we’ve built various boats in various places around the world but decided to go with JCB as diesel is much easier to get hold of,” said Mr Wordsworth.

“It’s a complete departure for us but we’re very pleased. We’ve got a big fuel tank and it saves us having to go to the petrol station every day to fill up our cans.”

And he explained how JCB engines were chosen after ten different manufacturers were initially looked at, all of which offered all the features required.

“I talked to a few guys and apart from a few niggles that you get with any engine, they’re all very happy.

“JCB has a good reputation and there’s a few around locally in fishing boats. Some are at an age where they are starting to be replaced and people are replacing them with the same engine which is always a good sign.”

And with reliability a key factor – as Mr Wordsworth pointed out it doesn’t do to let down customers – there was no hesitation in installing the British built and marinised engine.

“We’re running hydraulics off both engines, we’re running a crane off one engine and a winch and carvers off the other,” he said. “The engines are running very quiet and don’t appear to be using much fuel.

“We picked the JCB as it was slow running. I’d certainly recommend them.”

He added: “Mermaid Marine and sales executive Julian Osborne are very helpful.”

Triploid was designed by Ian Darley and purpose built for oyster farm working. With a flat bottom she is suitable for working in shallow water. Her design includes a moon pool for throwing guts and waste back into the water.

The JCB engines chosen were each J444NA (63kW) with PRM 500D (2.5:1) gearboxes. The Mermaid J444 (JCB) range has models from 55kW / 74hp to 120kW / 160hp suitable for a large variety of applications, with the smaller engines particularly suitable for the grant funded repower market.

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