Northwestern chooses Palfinger

Northwestern chooses Palfinger Iconic US crabber Northwestern gets Palfinger deck crane later this year

Deadliest Catch crab catcher Northwestern has placed an order for a knuckle boom crane (PKM 250) with Palfinger Marine

Northwestern has been one of the iconic US crabbing vessels featured the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch documentary series, in which Sig Hansen and the crew of the Northwestern have played a central role since the series launched in 2005.

The order from Northwestern comes two years after Brian Jacob started his new position as Palfinger’s business development manager for the North American fishing industry in Seattle. His mechanical engineering background led him to spend time on various fishing boats, analysing the conditions, and proposing Palfinger Marine’s high-quality cranes to customers.

He said that the crane is a vital piece of equipment on any crabber, and Northwestern carries up to 250 pots, which the crane is needed to handle day and night.

The super-low weight of was one of the main selling arguments for the Palfinger Marine knuckle boom crane. The lighter the crane, the more stable the ship is, which means that the ship is both safer and more efficient.

“I am very proud that Captain Sig Hansen and his crew trusted us as a crane supplier for the F/V Northwestern, and I just cannot wait to see our crane aboard. It proves that Palfinger Marine is recognised for its high-quality and reliable products,” Brian Jacob said.

Delivery of the crane to Dutch Harbor is planned by the end of 2018. From there, Northwestern will head straight to the opilio and bairdi crab seasons.

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