The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) have christened the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska, the F/V Arctic Prowler.
Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, operates Ketchikan Shipyard for AIDEA. The 136 ft. freezer longliner vessel, built by ASD for Alaska Longline Company, is also the first vessel to be constructed in Ketchikan Shipyard’s new 70,000 square foot Assembly and Production Hall.
“AIDEA is proud to be part of Ketchikan Shipyard,” said AIDEA Executive Director Ted Leonard. “Our work in partnership with Alaska Ship & Drydock, Vigor Industrial, the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough has helped make the Shipyard a center of economic activity for the region.”
The new vessel has 16,300 cubic feet of freezer space, with the ability to both catch and process at sea, and the capability of fishing 56,000 hooks per day. The Arctic Prowler is designed and built with an emphasis on economic use of space allowing room for state of the art fishing and factory equipment producing very high quality products.
Freezer capacity is ample as is fuel capacity allowing extended fishing voyages. Design criteria include comfortable crew accommodations necessitated by extended range of the vessel. Fishing and factory equipment selection were based on the owner’s extensive experience in Bering Sea fisheries.
Press Release, October 8, 2013