Bender Delivers Two Factory Ships—Receives Contracts For Two More
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., Mobile, Ala., recently delivered two fishing trawlers to two affiliates of Arctic Alaska Fisheries Corporation, the largest fishing and at-sea processing company in the U.S., and received two contracts from the Seattle, Washington-based firm to convert two ships into factory trawlers.
Bender converted the offshore suppy vessel Spring Mist into a 184- foot trawler/processor, the Unimak Enterprise. The factory trawler is able to catch cod and pollock, head and gut the fish, and freeze it in four Sabroe horizontal plate freezers. Under the conversion, Bender installed a fixed kort nozzle and removed wood decks, pipe-racks, bulk mud compressors, and auxiliary diesels. The Mobile yard installed a complete shelter deck to accommodate the processing area, refrigeration machinery and two new Caterpillar 3508 DITA 715-kw diesel gensets. New electronic equipment, Rapp Hydema trawl winches, Rasmussen split-type net reels, Lantec and Pullmaster auxliairy winches and Alaska Marine straight boom telescoping cranes were also installed. The Unimak Enterprise is the 10th offshore supply vessel to be converted by Bender for the commercial fishing industry in the last two years.
Just prior to the Unimak Enterprise's delivery to Unimak Enterprise, Inc., the shipyard delivered the newbuilding Arctic IV, a 155- foot refrigerated seawater trawler, to Arctic Fisheries, Inc. With a total capacity of just under 10,000 cubicfeet, the Arctic IV is powered by an EMD 16-645 16-cylinder diesel engine developing 1,950 hp at 900 rpm coupled to a Reintjes VAL2250 reduction gearbox and fitted with a Berg CP propeller.
Other equipment includes Rapp Hydema hydraulic deck winches and net reels, Lantec and Pullmaster auxiliary winches, and an Alaska Marine straight boom telescoping crane.
Prior to delivery of these ships, Bender received two contracts from the same owners to convert a 295- foot cargo ship, the M/V Island Hope, and a 220-foot oil supply ship, the M/V Ocean King, to factory trawlers. Both ships will be operated by Arctic Alaska Fisheries, with deliveries scheduled for July and September 1989.
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