Maktec Marine appointed by Team Britannia

Maktec Marine has been appointed to provide engine fuel and oil performance technical support for Team Britannia world-record attempt.

The challenge is to beat the current world-record holder New Zealander Pete Bethune’s time of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes for the 23,000 mile voyage.

The attempt will be made in a specially designed 80ft powerboat – Excalibur – which is being built in Portsmouth, ahead of the world-record attempt in 2018 to be led by Dr Alan Priddy.

“Maktec has developed its engine expertise working on all kinds of vessels and engines around the world over the last 20 years,” said Mark Cornforth, Maktec Marine founder. “The challenge reflects Maktec’s passion to make engines greener, less harmful and more energy efficient.

“At Maktec we know the diesel industry at sea and on land has to find urgent solutions to become greener.”

The attempt will use Hydro Diesel that is designed to work on existing diesel engines in ships, cars and other vehicles. The fuel has been developed over the last two years by Portsmouth-based company Clean Fuel and is made of a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifying agent.

Mr Cornforth added: “The Britannia Challenge is aiming to grab global attention showing that there is a green fuel solution to the chronic problem of harmful diesel engine emissions.”

And he explained that in tests, Hydro Diesel ‘dramatically reduces’ harmful emissions such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide when used in existing diesel engines.

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