There’s nothing unusual about a fishing vessel being lengthened, but one being shortened is something of a rarity. But that’s what happened to French trawler when owners exchanged boats.
Icelandic pelagic vessel Huginn has been through a major refit at the Alkor shipyard in Gdansk.
30-year old skipper Martin Jørgensen is now in charge on the virtually completely rebuilt Martine L-649, following its major refit at the Karstensens Skibsværft yard in Skagen.
When Trygve Westergard bought the 98 by 28-foot Judi B in the spring of 2016 he was entering a new chapter in a varied marine career. Growing up on a remote island off Ketchikan, Alaska as the third generation of Norwegian-Danish family, he had fishing in his blood and his environment. A stint at the California Maritime Academy earned him an unlimited masters licence and a BS in marine transportation.
Bulgarian fisherman Emil Milev has added another trawler to the three he already has fishing for sprat, red mullet, rapana and turbot in the Black Sea, acquiring extra capacity to register the new boat.
Longliner Sævík left Iceland last year and was towed to Gdansk, emerging as a practically new fishing vessel ready to replace one of operating company Vísir’s older longliners.
When Ray Wadsworth’s Kodiak Marine Construction of Squim, Washington built the Order of Magnitude in 1990, fuel was cheap and roe herring prices were high. Back then he was looking for an edge on the competition and bought it by installing a 3000hp gas turbine in his new 17.6 by 4.40 metre (58 x 14.5 foot) aluminium seiner. Minutes can make a difference in getting in position to set on the herring.
After 60,000 hours of service, crab fisherman Robert Ross decided that his 19-lire Cummins 1150M had earned a rest. The 500hp engine had been a perfect match for his 72 by 26-foot aluminium boat so he ordered up a new Cummins KTA19-M3 at 500hp, continuous duty, from his local supplier Cummins Sales and Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in eastern Canada.
The latest netter to join the fleet fishing from the south-west of England is Amanda of Ladram, following an extensive conversion job from its previous role as a Scottish prawn trawler. We caught up with skipper John Walsh and his crew in Newlyn as they were preparing for their first trip with the new boat.
The Vostok-1 Fishing Collective Farm has taken delivery of a modernised fishing vessel to develop fishing for crab in deeper waters in the Sea of Japan. Vostok-1 was a pioneer of this fishery in the early 2000s when there was little interest in catching crabs, and has made a success of its tenacity in sticking with the crab fishery over the years.