Marine engineering students and apprentices at City College Southampton are set to benefit from working on some high-tech, high-performance boat engines kindly donated by local marine distributer, Proteum, a marine business based in Hamble Point Marina which provide marine diesel engines and support services globally.

Their Skills Centre received three V8 diesel common rail engines. They are high-performance engines, which means they are smaller and lighter but pack a lot of power and use more technology. 

One of the engines was complete but missing some key components and two of the engines are in pieces to enable students and apprentices to work together in order to completely rebuild them. 

Hands-on projects like this will enable them to further enhance their technical knowledge and skils.

Ben Allan of Proteum, said: “I have always been keen to partner with City College. I did my three-year apprenticeship at the Marine Skills Centre several years ago and I really wanted to be able to give something back. I am now in a position to do this and it’s very rewarding to be actively supporting the future of the industry.”

Matt Yarwood of City College added: “We are extremely grateful for this very generous donation from Proteum. It’s great to see local marine businesses investing in the next generation of engineers.”