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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Alaskan Fisheries News

Bering Sea Deal a First for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

Alaskan Leader (Photo: Alaskan Leader Fisheries)

Inmarsat announced that its partner Network Innovations (NI), together with Fusion Marine Technology, have signed a contract with Alaskan Leader Fisheries to install Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, powered by Global Xpress (GX). The contract marks the first commission of Fleet Xpress in the remote and hostile waters of the Bering Sea. Fleet Xpress sets a new standard in broadband maritime communications, delivering the highest…

Alaskan Stabicraft Fleet Covers 18,000 Nautical Miles

659 Wheelhouse Fleet

The fleet of nine Stabicraft 659 Wheelhouse vessels delivered to Alaska at the beginning of the year have just completed their first 6 months of service. The vessel orders came at a special request from Saltwater Inc, a private organization that gathers data on wild life and fish stocks for the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game and by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The boats were sent to the US in semi assembled form from Stabicraft Marine’s Invercargill factory in New Zealand, where once in the US, went through final assembly and fit out before being launched in May.

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…

Designing to the Limit

Photo courtesy  Fred Wahl Marine Construction, Inc.

Just as America’s Cup racers spent decades tuning the near perfect design formula of the 12-meter boats required by that event, so to have fishermen fine tuned the 58-ft Alaskan Limit seiner. The 58-ft limit was implemented in an early move to limit the size of vessels in the Alaskan salmon fishery. The boats are now used in many fisheries including halibut long lining and crab pot fisheries. The latest incarnation resulting from decades of evolution for this highly adaptable vessel underwent sea trials this month at Reedsport, Ore.

Rapp Hydema Winch Package for Icelandic Trawler

Rapp Hydema has just completed successful sea trials of electric winches for the F/V Thorunn Sveinsdottir, an Icelandic fishing-trawler. The substantial winch suite supplied includes Split Trawl (2), Sweep Line (2), Gilson (2), Cod-End, Out-Haul, Auxiliary and other winches, net reels, and Anchor Windlass. Rapp has been a long-time supplier worldwide of such devices—but this was a unique order. Rapp has some of its newest research-and-development achievements on display. Perhaps most important, Rapp’s new liquid-cooled motor is aboard—patented, and then awarded—at last May’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (http://www.otcnet.org/2010/pages/awards/spotlight/rapp_marine.html).

USCG Cutter Returns from 92-day Deployment

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returned home to San Diego after a three-month deployment to the Bering Sea, Thursday morning. During this deployment, the Boutwell's crew conducted fisheries enforcement boardings on commercial fishing vessels and patrolled the Maritime Boundary Line between Russia and the United States. Maritime Boundary Line patrols serve to deter illegal fishing by foreign vessels in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. "Boutwell’s crew performed exceptionally throughout the deployment to Alaskan waters.

NOAA's Oldest Ship Retired

(Photo Credit:  NOAA)

NOAA ship John N. Cobb, the oldest and only wooden hulled ship in the NOAA fleet, was decommissioned in after 58 years of service. The 93-ft. fisheries research vessel began service in 1950 with the Bureau of Fisheries, predecessor to NOAA's Fisheries Service, conducting albacore tuna surveys in , , and . Homeported in , Cobb has operated primarily in Alaskan waters for much of her service life, most recently in support of the fisheries service's Auke Bay Laboratories in . "The John N. Cobb has been an extremely productive platform for NOAA.

Peggy Jo: A Family Tradition

When pioneering king crab fisherman Oscar Dyson of Kodiak had Jensen-designed 99 ft. Peggy Jo built back in 1966, Pacific Fisherman hailed her as "the first U.S. vessel ever built specifically to fish for King crab." She was big for her day - capable of carrying 100 pots and packing 12,000 live crab. The yellowing magazine copy tells us she was equipped with the latest electronics including "a loran set which enables the skipper to establish his bearings electronically." An earlier article trumpeted another innovation, "An unusual feature of Peggy Jo is the articulated hydraulic boom mounted in the middle of the main deck working area." Built at Martinolich Shipyard in Tacoma, the new vessel carried a 850 hp Caterpillar D-398 in her engine room.

Arctic Integrated Management & Planning Advocated

A US interagency working group calls for an integrated management strategy for the rapidly changing Arctic. The recently issued report of the inter-agency working group, chaired by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes, highlights the need for a coordinated approach that uses the best available science to integrate cultural, environmental and economic factors in decision-making about development and conservation. This report chronicles how Arctic residents are dealing with rapid, climate change-induced impacts on their resources and traditional ways of life at the same time that new economic activity and opportunities are emerging — notably oil and gas, marine transportation, tourism and mining,” said Hayes, chair of the Alaska Interagency Working Group that commissioned the report.

Simulation & Ice Navigation Training

In a anticipation of the growing need for deck officers and masters experienced in operating in ice covered waters and as evidenced by the relatively rapid increase in vessel traffic in areas of the Arctic Ocean due to the receding ice coverage, the Alaska’s Institute of Technology (AVTEC) in Seward, Alaska has developed a comprehensive course of instruction in Ice Navigation. This two week course is directed toward masters and mates without or with minimal experience in ice covered waters. The course of instruction is a combination of classroom lectures, case studies and simulation exercises, operating various vessel models in a myriad of ice conditions. The AVTEC Ice Navigation course of instruction is U.S.

VT Halter Marine and NOAA Launch FSV

VT Halter Marine Inc. and NOAA launched the first of four planned NOAA fisheries survey vessels on October 17. Christened Oscar Dyson by Peggy Dyson-Malson, wife of the late Alaska fisheries industry leader for whom it is named, the ship will be one of the most technologically advanced fisheries survey vessels in the world. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the scheduled keynote speaker, was unable to attend the ceremony at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., because of a late-breaking vote on the senate floor.

Construction of Marine Science Vessels Up

Marine science is making great strides forward due in large measure to several new vessels that have delivered recently and others under construction Headlining this news is the Oscar Dyson, the first of four vessels loaded with scientific gear that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is having built at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss. The first vessel was completed in September of 2004 and as the Oscar Dyson was being completed, the contract for the second vessel, Henry B. Bigelow was announced. These 208-ft. by 49-ft. vessels have cutting edge capabilities to gather scientific information on fish populations and the water quality of their habitat.

Jensen Designed Longliner Wins Award

Northern Leader: Image credit Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime awarded for vision and innovation in design of the 'Northern Leader'  longline fishing vessel. Jensen Maritime , Crowley Maritime Corp’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has been honored with the New Wave Award, which recognizes the company’s vision and innovation for the concept and design of the Northern Leader, a 184-foot long, environmentally-friendly longline fishing vessel owned by Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC. The Northern Leader is currently under construction at J.M.

NASSCO Delivers Final Tanker to BP Shipping

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, delivered a fourth and final double-hulled oil tanker, the Alaskan Legend, to BP Shipping Ltd. The Alaskan Legend will depart San Diego on August 21, to join its NASSCO-built sister ships already in service: the Alaskan Frontier, Alaskan Explorer and Alaskan Navigator. The ship is capable of carrying up to 1.3 million barrels of crude oil and will operate between Alaska and western U.S. ports. The ship is double-hulled, diesel-electric powered, equipped with 20 separate cargo tanks, and has all of its cargo transfer piping inside the hull rather than on its decks to reduce the chance of accidental spills. NASSCO began constructing the ship in October 2004.

NASSCO Holds Naming Ceremony for Final BP Tanker

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, held a ceremony to name the fourth and final double-hulled oil tanker it is building for BP Shipping Ltd., the Alaskan Legend. The ceremony took place at the NASSCO shipyard. Shirley Anne Massey, the wife of Morehouse College president and BP board member Dr. Walter Massey, was the honoree at the ceremony and is the ship’s sponsor. As ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Massey named the ship and broke the traditional bottle of champagne against it. Construction of the Alaskan Legend began in October 2004. NASSCO placed a strong emphasis on environmental safety in its design. As with the first three Alaska-class ships…

New Anchors Outfitted on Alaskan Tankers

Tank ships operated by the Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), ALASKAN NAVIGATOR and the ALASKAN FRONTIER were outfitted with new anchors and are back in service. Two other tank ships, the ALASKAN LEGAND and ALASKAN EXPLORER each had a new temporary anchor installed and are operating under restrictions outlined by the Coast Guard. The decision to replace all the anchors on these vessels were made by ATC after it was discovered the original anchors were showing signs of metal failure. The Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and Alaska Tanker Co. are still investigating the cause of the failure of the anchors.

Stabicraft Delivers 9 Fishery Vessels

The Stabicraft 659 Wheel House destined for fishery monitoring duties in Alaska.

New Zealand’s Stabicraft Marine has delivered 9 custom 659 Wheel House vessels to Alaska where they will be used as observation boats to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery’s interaction with sea mammals and sea birds. The vessel orders came at a special request from Saltwater Inc, a private organization that gathers data on wild life and fish stocks for the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game and by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The order is a coup for New Zealand based Stabicraft Marine, as the vessels had to meet stringent US criteria.

Box: Generations on An Alaskan Limit Seiner

Petersburg, Alaska has been known since its founding as the home of good fishermen and fine boats. One of the earliest limitations on the commercial salmon fishery was the limiting of Alaskan seine boats to 58 ft. Over time, the Alaska limit seiner evolved to one of the truly classic fishboats of the world. With its high bulwarks over a plum bow stem and a full body flowing with a clean shear aft to a broad timbered stern, the design provides a stable working platform from which to work the 250-fathom by 450-mesh salmon seine. The main cabin set on the forward half of the deck carries topside controls to give the skipper a clear lookout for jumpers and tidal conditions.

Training Program Seeks to Develop Alaskan Shipbuilders

Photo: Vigor

A new shipbuilding and repair training program in Alaska aims to develop an advanced manufacturing workforce comprised of state residents. Shipbuilder and repairer Vigor has teamed up with the maritime workforce development network Maritime Works for a public, private and philanthropic initiative called Advancing Alaskan Workers, which will train Alaska’s next generation of advanced manufacturing workers. The initiative strives to combat the high turnover rates seen at Vigor’s Ketchikan shipyard and elsewhere that result when non-Alaskans are recruited to fill the state’s critical skills gap.

Global AIS: Genscape Spots Alaskan Crude Export VLCC

VLCC Polar Discover: Photo courtesy of Genscape

No Alaskan crude oil has been exported outside of the United States since 2004. Genscape Vesseltracker monitoring data showed that a cargo of Alaskan North Slope crude was loaded Sept. 26 at the Alaskan port of Valdez for delivery into the South Korean refining center of Yeosu, says a Genscape blog post. The U.S.-flagged tanker, Polar Discovery, is reported to have sailed from the ANS export terminal at Valdez, Alaska, for east Asia. Yeosu is home to a GS Caltex-operated 775,000 bpd refinery, the world’s fourth largest.

Commercial Agreement Inked for Alaskan Gasline

Governor Sean Parnell (photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)

Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell welcomed news that a commercial agreement for an Alaska gasline has been signed, marking a major milestone in bringing Alaska’s gas to Alaskans and markets beyond. The agreement, also known as a Heads of Agreement (HOA), was signed by the commissioners of Natural Resources and Revenue, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). The HOA will be subject to public review by the Legislature this session.

Protecting Canadian Fisheries: Ministers Reach Agreement

Canadian Fisheries Ministerial Meeting: Photo courtesy of Canada Govt.

Federal and provincial Ministers have concluded the annual meetings of the Atlantic and Canadian Councils of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers, commit to working together to protect fisheries and develop Canadian fishing and aquaculture industry. Ministers discussed a range of topics, including recreational fisheries, the lobster fishery, the continuing importance of the seal hunt to Canadian coastal communities, the federal Fisheries Protection Program, aquaculture, and aquatic invasive species. The challenges and opportunities facing the recreational fisheries.

U.S. Must Answer Russia's Challenge In The Arctic - Treadwell

Mead Treadwell

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Arctic expansionism is a challenge the U.S. must answer with icebreakers, ports, and territorial claims of our own, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell said today. Treadwell spoke this morning at the 34th Annual U.S.-Russia Forum in Washington, DC, on a panel focusing on foreign policy issues between the two nations. Speaking just after Russia's Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, kicked off the program on foreign policy issues between the two nations…

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