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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Kvichak Increases Presence in Cat Patrol Boat Market

Kvichak Marine Industries has furthered its presence in the catamaran and patrol boat markets by combining the two to construct patrol catamarans. The company's newest delivery is an add-on to its 54-ft. (16.4 m) patrol catamaran that was built for California Fish and Game (CAF&G). Named Thresher, the vessel will be joined by a sistership, Marlin, this coming spring. In addition, the company said the Alaska Fish & Wildlife Protection (AF&WP) - that has ordered a new cat for fisheries patrol. This new generation of catamarans is conducive because of their increased stability and usable deck space for patrol operations. Each will also house a variety of deck equipment along with boarding launches.

Fishing Vessel Repurposed Following Conversion

Defender (Photo: Jensen Maritime)

A 170-foot long, 40-foot wide fishing vessel, now named Defender, recently underwent a significant conversion to become the first fish pumping vessel in the Global Seas and Patti Marine Enterprises Inc fleet. Selected to provide engineering services including structural and mechanical work for the conversion was Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company. Because the vessel was being converted from fishing work on the East Coast (herring and mackerel) to West Coast fishing (pollock)…

Search For Survivors of Fishing Vessel Disaster Continues

The search for crewmen missing in what is believed to be Alaska's worst fishing disaster was hampered by bad weather and poor visibility in the Bering Sea on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Two crew members, including the captain, were found dead and 13 were missing from the Arctic Rose, a vessel that sank Monday in an area about 200 miles northwest of Alaska's St. Paul Island, 850 southwest of Anchorage. The Coast Guard has been using an ice-breaking vessel and aircraft to search the area, but has sighted nothing since finding some empty survival suits, an empty life raft and an oil sheen on Monday. "We haven't found any sign of any other life, or bodies, for that matter," said a Coast Guard official.

Jensen Evolves With Crowley's Support

San Francisco’s Fireboat 3, recently named one of the 10 Significant Boats of 2016 by WorkBoat magazine Photo Jensen

As the City of San Francisco commissions its latest fireboat today, the vessel, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, exemplifies the evolution and growth of the naval architecture and marine engineering firm since it was acquired by Crowley Maritime Corp. in 2008. “Eight years ago I’m not sure this project would have been in our sweet spot,” said Johan Sperling, vice president of Crowley’s marine solutions group, which includes Jensen. “But over the past eight years, Crowley has made a considerable effort to give us all the tools we need to expand into new areas.

Repowering With a Purpose

Belgium Diesel Engine Manufacturer Provides Main Engine for Alaska Fishing Vessel. When the owners of the fishing pollock trawler, Great Pacific decided they needed to purchase a new main engine to replace their MAN B&W Alpha 10V23L-VO they took a hard look at all the engine manufacturers currently on the market that could support their needs. “Our goal was to find an engine that offers superior fuel and lube oil consumption; that had its EPA Tier III Certification and had domestic parts and service.” When the investigation was over and the dust cleared…

Jensen Design Longliner Reaches Construction Milestone

Jensen-Designed Commercial Longliner Fishing Vessel, Northern Leader.

Jensen-Designed Commercial Longliner Fishing Vessel, Northern Leader, Achieves Construction Milestone; Environmentally Friendly Vessel is Ahead of Schedule Due to Jensen’s Advanced Production Engineering Services. One of the world’s largest commercial longliner fishing vessels, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, has reached the important milestone of having the main deck completed ahead of schedule, only 10 weeks into the construction phase. This accomplishment…

Crowley Orders ATB at Bollinger

(Image: Crowley)

Crowley Fuels LLC has signed a contract with Bollinger Shipyards for the construction of a new 100,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug-barge (ATB) to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market. The Alaska-class vessel will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Shipyard, in Amelia, La., with an expected delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. The build contract includes an option for a second ATB. Once built and deployed, Crowley will operate the ATB under a long-term charter with Alaska-based Petro Star Inc.…

SSNPRM on Alaska Passenger Vessels Security Zones

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Second Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SSNPRM) regarding security zones around escorted high capacity passenger vessels and escorted Alaska Marine Highway System vessels in navigable waters of Alaska. Under this proposal, all commercial fishing vessels while actively engaged in fishing would be exempt from the security restrictions. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 30. source: HK Law

Alaska-- Passenger Vessels Security Zones Established

The U.S. Coast Guard established permanent moving security zones around all escorted high capacity passenger vessels and escorted Alaska Marine System vessels during their transits of the navigable waters of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District (Alaska). Commercial fishing vessels, while actively engaged in fishing, are exempted from the restrictions imposed by the rule, which comes into effect on May 15. Source: HK Law

Coast Guard, NOAA Nab Drift Net Violator

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday that, in cooperation with federal and international partners, it has seized a fishing vessel and crew suspected of large-scale illegal high-seas drift net fishing in the North Pacific Ocean and is delivering them to the Alaska Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement for the investigation. Renegade large-scale high-seas drift net fishing indiscriminately kills massive amounts of fish and other marine life such as whales and turtles by means of enormous nets suspended for miles in open water.

USCG, Alaska and Canada to Participate in CANUSDIX

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian coast guard, State of Alaska and other state and provincial government agencies are scheduled to participate in a combined oil spill and wildlife protection training and exercise in Ketchikan from September 24-27. The training will focus on response efforts in the Dixon Entrance area. The weeklong event will combine oil spill response training and wildlife protection and cleaning as it relates to an international oil spill scenario. The event will involve on water training, completion of planning documents and a tabletop exercise. The State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S.

Akutan Response Continues off Alaska

Fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Alaska, August 18, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The response to potential pollution from the fishing vessel Akutan continues in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Alaska. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city of Unalaska established a unified command, and responders are continuously monitoring levels of anhydrous ammonia and removing various petroleum products from the vessel. 5,000 gallons of oily water from the engine room bilge and 1,200 gallons of oily mixture from one of the slop tanks were removed Friday and Saturday.

Alaska Juris Sinks, 46 People Rescued

An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew approaches the fishing vessel Alaska Juris to conduct a medevac of a fisherman from the vessel June 21, 2013, less than 100 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor. File Photo: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak

The Fishing Company of Alaska, based in Renton, owns the  238-foot  Alaska Juris that started sinking in the Bering Sea shortly before noon on Tuesday, says a report in Seattle Times. Forty-six crewmen from the Seattle-based fishing vessel Alaska Juris have been rescued from lifeboats near the Aleutians, but the fate of their trawler is unclear. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships, in a fairly calm seas, Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said. Shortly after 9 p.m. Juneau time, the U.S.

Steam Boiler Delivered to U.S. Factory Trawler

PARAT Halvorsen AS has been awarded an order for an 8000 kgs/h Steam Boiler Plant to be installed in the factory trawler, Northern Hawk, which is owned by the United States fishing company, Coastal Villages Pollock, LLC. Northern Hawk is a Stern Trawler, built by the shipyard Ulstein Hatlø in 1990. PARATs delivery is a retrofit of the existing boiler plant, designed to meet the needs of the on-board fishmeal plant and vessel heating system. The new boiler plant will be delivered with the latest technology for burning fish oil.

Jensen Completes Major Refurbishment Work on Bering Defender

Jensen Completes Major Refurbishment Work on Fishing Vessel Bering Defender; Upgrades Make Vessel More Efficient, Optimize it for Work in the Bering Sea. Jensen Maritime, a Crowley Maritime Corp. company, recently completed a major redesign of the Global Sea-managed fishing vessel Bering Defender. The project, which improved the vessel’s efficiency and hold capacity, outfitted it for pollock fishing in the challenging waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea. The refurbished fishing boat…

Coast Guard Helo Crew Hoists Men Stranded in Oregon

Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew rescued three men after they became stranded by the rising tide at Indian Beach, Wednesday.   The helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the men and transported them to Canon Beach Fire Department personnel waiting on shore. Sector watchstanders received a report from Seaside 911 dispatchers with a request for assistance at 12:20 p.m. after the three men, who were fishing in tide pools, became stranded due to high tide. There were no reported injuries at the time of the rescue.

65-foot Vessel Grounds Near Shoup Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard personnel monitor the 65-foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, after it grounded near Shoup Bay, approximately four miles west of Valdez, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Valdez)

Coast Guard and State of Alaska personnel are monitoring a 65-foot fishing tender grounded near Shoup Bay, four miles west of Valdez, Sunday. The owner of the 65–foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, is working with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and State of Alaska personnel to minimize environmental impact from the grounding and refloat the vessel. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a call Sunday morning from the crew of the Fate Hunter, reporting the vessel had run aground near Shoup Bay with four persons on board.

Factory Trawler to Retrofit Rolls-Royce Promas Lite Propulsion

Promas Lite: Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has won its first contract to supply a new version of its innovative Promas Lite propulsion system to American ship owner Glacier Fish to improve propeller efficiency on its Guido Perla Associates designed factory trawler 'Alaska Ocean'. Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and is designed specifically for retrofitting to existing ships. Glacier Fish is currently installing the newest version of Promas Lite, which incorporates a new nozzle design for even greater efficiency gains…

Fishing Vessel Sinks in Alaska

F/V Ocean Hope I rolled over and sank 15 miles east of Kodiak Island, Alaska. A local fishing vessel rescued the four uninjured crewmembers. The vessel had 6,000 gal. of fuel on board, however, no pollution was sighted.

Fishing Vessel Major Refit Completed by Jensen

'Bering Defender': Photo credit Jensen Maritime

US-based Jensen Maritime, completes a major redesign of the Global Sea-managed fishing vessel 'Bering Defender'. The project, which improved the vessel’s efficiency and hold capacity, outfitted it for pollock fishing in the challenging waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea. The refurbished fishing boat, formerly named Dona Martita, recently arrived in Seattle after departing the East Coast and transiting the Panama Canal. Global Seas, based in Seattle, is an operator of a diverse fleet of research and fishing vessels.

Halter Marine Starts $38.3 Million Project

Halter Marine, Inc, a subsidiary of Friede Goldman Halter, has started construction of NOAA’s (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) newest vessel the M/V Oscar Dyson. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 36 months at a price of $38.3 million. It is anticipated that options for additional vessels will be exercised as Congress incrementally appropriates funds. NOAA may build up to three additional Fishing Research Vessels (RFV) under the terms of the contract, pushing its value to more than $165 million. The M/V “Oscar Dyson” is a state-of-the-art Fishing Research Vessel named in honor of Oscar Dyson, of Kodiak, Alaska Dyson, a well-known fishing activist served as an industry advisor to government officials, including a congressional delegation.

Coast Guard, Partners Perfom Simulated Oil Spill

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, personnel along with members of agency partners.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel along with federal, state, local, tribal partners and industry representatives conducted mutual aid drills in Anchorage and Deadhorse, Wednesday. During the drill, participants tested their ability to establish a Unified Command, implement the North Slope Mutual Aid Agreement and deploy equipment in response to a simulated oil spill at the remote Nikaitchuq Project at Spy Island near Deadhorse. “Drills like this are important because they…

J.K. Fabrication Winch Earns DNV Approval

Photo: J.K. Fabrication

J.K. Fabrication announced it has received DNV Type Approval on its Model 40-30-3000 Anchor Winch. The winch can now be specified into existing commercial applications on barges, tugs, fishing and yacht vessels around the world. The company said the new Arctic Prowler Longlining vessel, built in Ketchikan by Alaska Ship and Drydock (now Vigor Industrial) for Alaska Longline Company of Petersburg received this anchor winch. jkfabrication.com  

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