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World Heritage Cruises choose Scania

Scania is proud to be a partner with World Heritage Cruises in providing state-of-the-art, high-precision, smooth, quiet and clean engines for the company's newest cruiser, Harbour Master II

Exposing the pristine and ancient Tasmanian wilderness to thousands of tourists every year brings with it a responsibility to tread lightly, even on water. That is why World Heritage Cruises chose Scania as the engine supplier for their latest catamaran - Harbour Master II.

Plying the Gordon River on Tasmania's west coast and venturing as far as Hell's Gates at the mouth of Macquarie Harbour where it meets the wild edge of the Indian Ocean, the $9 million 35 metre Harbour Master II is powered by four Scania 16-litre V8 (DI 116 076M XPI) engines.

Each engine produces 900 hp and a muscular 4000 Nm of torque, and mates to a Twin Disc MGX5136SC gearbox driving a Doen DJ200 jet propulsion system. The four engines can take the vessel to a maximum of 32 knots.

Scania engines provide excellent reliability and durability allowing the vessel to deliver a greater numbers of days of operation, so more cruise customers can be accommodated each year to enjoy the stunning Tasmanian scenery.

The smooth-running, low-revving engines deliver peak performance at 2300 rpm and are very quiet in operation, allowing World Heritage Cruises' customers to soak up the atmosphere undisturbed, providing a world-class tourist experience with the least impact on the environment. The aluminium catamaran can accommodate a maximum of 220 passengers and has a crew of six.

Harbour Master II is an Incat Crowther design, built in Hobart on the Derwent River by Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) Constructions, and replaces the original Harbour Master, also powered by 900 hp (PDE) V8 Scania engines. Built in 2016, this vessel completed 4500 hours in Strahan and is now working as a tourist cruiser off Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

Compared with the first vessel, Harbour Master II is even more environmentally friendly thanks to the substitution of propellers for jet thrusters. The jets create less disturbance under water and raise less sediment in the river, and also provide far less vibration and noise into the passenger saloon. And being the most fuel-efficient engines in their class means reduced emissions and CO2.

The new vessel is much quieter and smoother with no vibrations to disturb the guests onboard taking in the views.

The Harbour Master II is based in Strahan and travels to Sarah Island, a former penal colony for the worst of the worst offenders from the early 1800s, and up the Gordon River, with its glass-like surface and beautiful forest environment, with a stop at Heritage Landing populated by 2000-year-old trees. The vessel also ventures out to Hell's Gates, renowned for its fierce currents and thunderous waves.

"Scania marine engines are relied upon by operators around the world and renowned for their performance and commitment to total operating economy," says Brett Sharp, Technical Sales Manager for Engines at Scania Australia Power Solutions.

"We were able to meet World Heritage Cruises' requirements for a quiet, smooth and environmentally-friendly powertrain. By choosing our state-of-the-art V8 technology, with its extra high pressure injection system, we're delivering a superior level of fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, completely in tune with the operating environment for this vessel," Brett says.

"Scania's marine agent in Tasmania, Tom Lacey from Mobile Mechanix Marine Diesel Services, worked very hard to ensure the engines were delivered and commissioned on time, despite the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. He certainly went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our customer's schedule was met, in line with the Scania promise to put its customers first. His expertise and commitment are much appreciated throughout the Tasmanian marine industry," Brett says.

"Mobile Mechanix keeps a range of Genuine Scania service and repair parts on hand to ensure absolute customer support and maximise uptime for the vessel. Holding a large inventory of parts in Tasmania reduces the potential for pandemic-related delays in parts availability," Brett says.