‘Green’ longliner for Blue North
Seattle-based Blue North has contracted Dakota Creek Industries to build a new ‘green’ longliner, with delivery due in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Blue North operates in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, mainly longlining for Pacific cod, blackcod, pollock and turbot. The new vessel will be one of the most environmentally friendly and technically advanced vessels in the world, and has been specifically designed for the Alaska cod hook-and-line fishery by Norwegian Skipsteknisk AS.
Mustad Longline will supply the Autoline system aboard the new vessel, which combines a Super Baiter, Mag Packer and Line Controller, along with the new Super Hauler and Hook Separator.
The longliner will become the first in the US to feature an internal hauling station which enables the release of non-target species and also brings the workers inside the vessel – this is where they will pull in their catch, making it much safer and more comfortable.
The vessel's onboard processing facility will also make more use of parts of the fish that usually go to waste. This means that every consumable product will be retained, including the stomach, liver, roe, milt and head. Many other hook-and-line vessels grind up the unwanted parts of the fish and discharge them overboard, something Blue North’s president and CEO Kenny North has described as extremely wasteful and inefficient.
“We believe we can implement significant processing changes that will make considerable sustainability and efficiency differences”, he said.
Optimar will supply the processing equipment onboard.
The new vessel will also offer lower emissions and fuel savings of an estimated 30% and it will be cleaner due to the unique use of diesel electric twin-bladed dual-azimuth propulsion. It will also be one of the first fishing vessels in the US built to meet new Tier III emissions standards.
It will also be the first vessel in the US to be built with a moulded or formed hull, which has a more efficient flow through the water because of decreased resistance.
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