Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Prowler Fisheries Ready to Christen New Freezer Longliner

Prowler Fisheries, an Alaska freezer longliner company, will christen its newest freezer longliner vessel, the F/V Arctic Prowler, in ceremonies Oct. 5 at the Ketchikan Shipyard in Ketchikan, AK.

The new vessel, designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, to be used to fish for Pacific cod, black cod and turbot in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, will have a freezer hold of 16,300 cubic feet and the capability of fishing 56,000 hooks per day. It will be powered by a pair of 1,000 horsepower MTU main engines and three 330-kilowatt gensets, according to project information provided by Alaska Ship and Drydock, a Vigor Industrial company that operates the Ketchikan Shipyard on behalf of the city of Ketchikan.

Dimensions of the vessel are 136 feet in length, 41 feet in breadth, and 26 feet 3 inches in depth, with a draft of 15 feet. ASD began fabrication in March 2012 of the new longliner, which will be the first vessel completed at ASD’s new 70,000 square foot assembly hall at Ketchikan.

Prowler Fisheries, with offices in Petersburg, AK, and Seattle, also owns and operates four other freezer longliners, the 124-foot F/V Prowler, the 124-foot F/V Bering Prowler, the 155-foot F/V Ocean Prowler and the 110-foot Kjevolja.

The F/V Arctic Prowler will be the second new freezer longliner to head for the Bering Sea this year.
The Northern Leader, delivered to Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC in Seattle in July, and christened on July 31, was scheduled to be working in the Bering Sea by August.

Alaska Leader Fisheries, LLC, with facilities in Lynden, Washington and Anchorage, is owned by the Alaska Leader Group and the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., one of six community development quota entities designed to boost the economy of Western Alaska fishing communities.

Also scheduled to join the freezer longliner fleet, in October 2014, is the 191-foot Blue North, a Norwegian designed vessel boasting several environmental advantages, including a goal of 100 percent utilization of fish.

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