Yanmar to Distribute Diesel Outboards from German Manufacturer

Marking its return to the diesel outboard market, Yanmar Marine International (YMI) has agreed to exclusive distribution rights with German outboard manufacturer, Neander Shark.

YMI, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, will distribute Neander Shark outboards worldwide through its extensive network with access to more than 130 countries.

The prime applications for the Neander Shark outboard will be in the commercial offshore, military, fishing, rescue and charter-marine sector. It could also serve tender boat requirements on large yachts storing diesel fuel only.

From 1985 until 2009, Yanmar manufactured three-cylinder diesel outboards rated at 27 and 36hp, but ceased when EPA and EU RCD emissions regulations restricted their sales in key markets.

"With the global economic downturn in full swing, Yanmar decided at that time not to invest in the outboard range even though it had been highly successful in many markets,' explains Floris Lettinga, YMI Global Sales Manager. "Now, however, with Neander Shark we can offer a highly competitive outboard product with outstanding engineering.'

The Neander Shark outboard develops 50hp using a small 800 cubic centimetre turbocharged, twin-cylinder diesel aluminum engine featuring common-rail fuel injection and a dual counter-rotating crankshaft.

"The two crankshafts counterbalance each other and cancel out most of the vibration that a conventional inline two-cylinder diesel block could be expected to produce,' says Lettinga. "The outboard can be easily operated at the tiller as well as from a helm.'

As part of the Neander Shark distribution agreement Yanmar has taken an equity stake in Neander Motors, the company that wholly owns Neander Shark.

"The partnership with Yanmar is the very best situation for Neander to launch the turbo diesel outboard engine because the commercial market, in particular, demands a reliable partner for delivery, service and spare parts,' says Lutz W. Lester, Managing Director of Neander Shark and CEO of Neander Motors. "Yanmar's longstanding global experience and strong position in the marine world completely fulfill those requirements, just as Neander fulfills the technical demands.'

Yanmar's first public presentation of the new outboard together with Neander Shark will be at boot Düsseldorf in January 2016.