British marine diesel firm, Cox Powertrain, has announced Seascape Marine Services (Pty) Ltd as its exclusive distributor for South Africa & the Sub Saharan region. Seascape Marine is the first distributor of Cox’s CXO300, the world’s first 300hp diesel outboard engine, to be named outside of Europe, the USA & Australasia.

Seascape Marine has been a specialist importer of marine propulsion systems since 1983. It has earned an excellent reputation as a high-quality supplier of diesel engines & related equipment in the African territories.

“Seascape Marine is very pleased to have secured this highly significant distribution agreement. It is an important step because it makes us the only official distributor in Africa who is able to offer 300hp diesel outboards to our market,” said Jamie de Jong, Seascape Marine’s general manager.

“The launch of the CXO300 will shake the African market as it is the first high performance 300hp diesel outboard engine to be introduced. It has been developed by Cox to suit the demanding requirements of professional maritime vessels as a dedicated diesel engine, unlike some existing engines in the market that have been modified to accept diesel fuel. There is a real desire for marine propulsion that is reliable and long-lasting.

"We have already received a huge level of interest in the CXO300 from customers who have been waiting a very long time for a high-performance diesel such as the CXO300 in this region. We believe the CXO300 will complement our existing product offering and put Seascape Marine in a strong position to lead the diesel outboard market in this region,“ Jamie de Jong concludes.

The orders book of this long-awaited engine will coincide with the engine’s launch in November this year with production commencing in Q2, 2019.