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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The F/V Ocean Peace is Modernize and Upgraded

FishermensNews.com, June 1, 2016
By Peter Marsh

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The F/V Ocean Peace, a 219-foot factory trawler owned by Ocean Peace Inc., was lifted out at Lake Union Dry Dock in Seattle in December for the installation of a Deflector high-lift rudder, replacement of the controllable-pitch propeller blades, and a re-positioned transducer chest. Numerous upgrades were also completed in the engine room, on the processing deck, and in the galley…. Continue Reading

Fishermen’s Finest CEO Helena Park Made Disciplined Bold Investment in $80 Million Factory Trawler

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Seafoodnews.com [Puget Sound Business Journal], April 1, 2015
By Melissa Crowe

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In 2014, Helena Park put a deposit on an $80 million factory trawler.

The move for the owner and CEO of Kirkland-based Fishermen’s Finest was a bold one.

The fishing company makes its money catching, processing and exporting fish to Japan and China.

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