Scania powers new Western Canada Marine Response vessels


(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Scania, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engines for boats, trucks, buses and industrial applications, has been selected by the Western Canada Marine Response Corp. (WCMRC) to power four 52-foot oil spill response landing crafts.

The vessels, currently in production by the William E. Munson Co., are powered by twin keel-cooled 750-hp Scania DI13-liter 088M engines with Twin Disc 5095 marine gearboxes, supplied by distributor Cascade Engine Center. Propulsion is provided by Hamilton 403 waterjets. This combination offers a top speed of 35 knots at full power.

Scania photo

The first boat was delivered in June; hull No. 2 will be launched this week; hull No. 3 is currently in rigging and has the engines installed; and hull No. 4 is in the early stages of welding.

Built on a compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block and employing a simple wastegate turbocharger, the twin Scania DI13-liter engines deliver high performance without the need for additional turbos or superchargers. The resulting lighter weight, combined with Scania’s proprietary Engine Management System (EMS) and common rail extra high-pressure injection system (XPI), optimizes fuel delivery for impressive torque, lower noise and better fuel efficiency.

“We are honored to be selected by WCMRC to power their oil spill response boats,” said Al Alcala, sales manager, Scania USA Marine. “The mission these vessels are tasked with is vital for the health and well-being of the environment, wildlife and the public of British Columbia. We are grateful that they have put their trust in our engines to offer reliable and efficient power no matter when they are called to act.”

The William E. Munson Co. is a family-owned welded aluminum boat manufacturer located in Burlington, Wash. The company specializes in high-speed landing craft and, in its 35-year history, has built more of this type of vessel than anyone else in the world.

WCMRC is the Transport Canada-certified marine spill response organization for Canada’s West Coast. The organization’s mandate under the Canada Shipping Act is to be prepared to respond to marine oil spills along all of British Columbia’s coastline, and to mitigate the impact when a spill occurs. This includes the protection of wildlife, economic and environmental sensitivities, and the safety of both the responders and the public.

For more information on Scania engines or to locate a dealer near you, visit

– Scania

By Professional Mariner Staff