All hail, Araho! O’Hara Corp.’s new flagship factory trawler is on call for cod

National Fisherman, May 2017
By Bruce Buls

Click Here to read National Fisherman’s May 2017 front page story by Bruce Buls, Araho Arrives, the new Bering Sea factory trawler transits the Panama Canal between a Gulf Coast launch and a Seattle debut for a Maine company.

The F/T Araho – ‘The Next Level’ for Bering Sea Fishery

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Pacific Fishing – Welcome Aboard, April 2017
By Daniel Mintz

Vessel of the century: The O’Hara Corp.’s 100-plus-year history has reached many milestones, including the latest – the construction of a technologically sophisticated 194-foot-long factory trawler that will work the Bering Sea’s flatfish fishery.

The Rockland, Maine-based company’s progression from its start in the early 1900s – when wooden schooners were the norm – is at a peak with the F/T Araho.

The new vessel blends European design with a range of efficiency-oriented systems and is “the first U.S. flag freezer-processor factory trawler constructed in over 25 years,” according to a press release from the company and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, the Araho’s Panama City, Florida-based builder.

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Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers the F/T Araho

Fishermen’s News, March 1, 2017

 Designed by Skipsteknisk and built by Florida's Eastern Shipbuilding, the 194-foot F/T Araho uses molded chines to reduce hull resistance and increase fuel efficiency. Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding.


Designed by Skipsteknisk and built by Florida’s Eastern Shipbuilding, the 194-foot F/T Araho uses molded chines to reduce hull resistance and increase fuel efficiency. Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding.

In late January, Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered the DNV-classed factory processor fishing trawler F/T Araho (Hull 175) to the O’Hara Corporation of Rockland, Maine. The new vessel, to fish in the waters of Alaska and the North Pacific, is the first US flag freezer processor factory trawler constructed in more than 25 years.

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Newbuild Factory Trawler Araho En Route to Alaska

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NationalFisherman.com, February 8, 2017
By Jessica Hathaway

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The latest in a series of new Bering Sea boats headed to Alaska was built on Florida’s Gulf Coast and is owned by a Maine company, making it a truly tri-coastal, all-American vessel. The DNV-classed Araho is the first newbuild U.S.-flagged freezer processor factory trawler in more than 25 years.  

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Search Called Off for F/V Juris, Investigation Ongoing

Seafoodnews.com, August 2, 2016
By Peggy Parker

The search for the F/V Juris has been called off. It is presumed to have sunk in 5,400 feet of water not far from where it was last seen.

“We have searched and have not been able to locate the fishing vessel Alaska Juris,” said Lt. Todd Bagetis, federal on-scene coordinator.

The unified command of the Coast Guard, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), and the Fishing Company of Alaska (FCA), formed to respond to the sinking of the Juris, is no longer active, although the USCG investigation of the sinking, and perhaps other jurisdiction’s investigation of the incident, are ongoing.

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46 Mariners Rescued Off Alaska Coast

Pacific Maritime Online Magazine, July 29, 2016
By Mark Edward Nero

Forty-six crewmembers aboard fishing vessel Alaska Juris, who abandoned a sinking ship near Kiska Island, about 690 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, were rescued July 26 by air crews with Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, along with good Samaritans.

All 46 crewmembers were transferred to good Samaritan vessels Spar Canis and Vienna Express and transported to the Alaska city of Adak.

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Trawlers Harvest Yellowfin Sole in Bristol Bay

Seafoodnews.com [Bristol Bay Times], July 26, 2016
By Molly Dischner

Salmon and halibut may get most of the fishing attention in Bristol Bay, but that’s not the only species caught commercially here.

In a lesser-discussed endeavor, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and other fishing companies harvest yellowfin sole each year in the Bering Sea — including in part of Bristol Bay.

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State Fix on Groundfish Tax Collection Still a Work in Progress

Undercurrent News, June 15, 2016
By DJ Summers

Editor’s note: this story has been updated with exact numbers provided by Kurt Iverson.

KODIAK — A fishing tax rate glitch has new data that will increase state revenue in 2016, but the fix still needs work.

“I don’t think this issue’s going to go away,” said Kurt Iverson, a research analyst for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Iverson said 2015 data has raised the price for formerly undervalued fish. The state won’t make the millions it believed the fishery is worth, but the aggregate tax increase is worth more than a half-million dollars…. Continue Reading

Tighter Retention Rules Prompted United States Seafoods Vessel Refit

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Undercurrent News, June 10, 2016
By Ola Wietecha
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As part a general industry move toward maximizing catch usage in response to regulations encouraging higher fish retention on vessels, Seattle-based United States Seafoods recently christened its newest vessel which will replace two smaller ships.

The company began working on a refit for the 233-foot catcher-processor Seafreeze America in March 2015 with the goal of replacing two of its smaller, 100-foot vessels.

The vessel, which will catch and process groundfish, will head north to Alaska later in the month to fish in the Bering Sea…. Continue Reading

Navy Ship Embarks on New Career in Fishing Fleet

Seattle Times, June 2, 2016
By Hal Bernton

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Seafreeze America’s $30 million conversion is the latest investment in the local fleet of catcher processors that work off Alaska.

Seattle’s fishing industry on Thursday feted the latest addition to the fleet, a 233-foot former Navy oceanographic vessel overhauled at a cost of more than $30 million for a new line of work — catching and processing fish off Alaska.

The Lake Union ceremony drew several hundred people to watch the traditional breaking of a Champagne bottle across the bow of the former John McDonnell, newly christened as the Seafreeze America.

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