Boats & Response Vessels

WCSS maintains a fleet of response vessels specifically designed to respond and deploy containment and recovery equipment in surface water. These boats are strategically placed throughout Western Canada and are available to WCSS members in Good Standing. Boats can only be operated by personnel who have certification in the Enform/WCSS Boat handling Course as well as the Transport Canada appropriate Marine Emergency Duties (MED) certification. The airboats and barges also require additional certification prior to operating. All boats are equipped with Transport Canada and WCSS standard safety equipment, including two-way radios capable of transmitting and receiving on a set frequency of 159.48000mhz. There are three different classifications for response vessels:

Airboats

Airboats are propeller driven V-8 engine, flat bottomed boats capable of working in shallow water, ice and broken ice, muskeg, swamps, and on dry ground. These boats can be used as safety boats or to deploy equipment and carry 500kg of personnel and equipment. Airboats weigh about 200kg and require at least a 1/2 ton truck with a 2" ball.

Located in:   Area I/J

 

Barges

The barges are 8m long X 2.5m wide response vessels which are ideal for hauling heavy equipment and personnel to remote locations on a river and provide a stable working platform. They have twin V-8 engines with jet drives and can operate in as little as 30cm of water. Barges weigh about 4000kg and require at least a 1 ton truck with a 2-5/16 ball.

Located in:   Area C | Area Y | Area I/J

 

Work Boats

There are numerous single engine response vessels in the fleet, ranging from 16 ft flat bottom boats with outboard jet drives, to 22 ft inboard engines with jet drives. Although handling characteristics vary with each design, all are capable of hauling equipment and personnel and deploying equipment. The workboats can be hauled with a 1/2 ton truck with a 2" ball.

Located in:   Area T | Area C | Area Y | Area VR-1 | Area D | Area I/J | Area N| Area P | Area S