Homeport Marine Delivers 'Eastern Wind/ First Of Two U.S.-Flag Fish Tenders
Moss Point, Mississippi-based Homeport Marine Services recently ; delivered the 195-foot, U.S.-flag fish i tender Eastern Wind to Arctic Alas- • ka Fisheries, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
She is the first of a series of two under construction at the yard for the U.S. owner.
Designed as an oceangoing vessel for operation between Seattle, Alaska and Japan, the Eastern Wind is self loading and unloading by way of four cargo booms rated at 10,000 pounds each. She will not catch or process fish or crabs, but rather she will load cargo from factory trawlers, processor ships and shore-based processing and freezer plants. The seafood products she transports will be sold in the U.S., as well as Japan.
Under 500 gross tons, the Eastern Wind is 195 feet long, 41-1/2 feet wide and 28 feet deep. She has a total of 78,000 ft3 of cargo hold which will allow her to transport 3 million pounds of frozen fish at —24 degrees F. Propulsion for the fish tender is provided by two GM-EMD 645C 12-cylinder diesel engines developing a total of 3,000 hp, with Falk LST reduction gears (rebuilt by Haley Gear) and four-bladed propellers from Bird-Johnson.
Electrical power aboard the Eastern Wind, provided by three 165-kw generators driven by three Caterpillar 3306B diesel engines, totals 495 kw and is capable of full paralleling.
The main electrical switchboard was built by Contec of Port Bienville, Miss., and is designed for parallel operation. The tender features Westinghouse Air Brake Co. (WABCO) engine controls with Logic Master panels. The electrohydraulic steering was manufactured by International Steering of Pearlington, Miss. The electronics were furnished by Lunde of Seattle and include a gyrocompass by Sperry Marine, VHF, SSB and radar from Raytheon, autopilot and compass from Robertson, satcom from Japan Radio Co. (JRC), echo sounder and navigational sounder from Simrad and Loran from Northstar.
Other equipment on board includes Peaboady Barnes centrifugal pumps, a Maxim watermaker and fuel oil centrifuge and oily water separator from Alfa-Laval. The vessel is equipped with a modern galley which includes a walk-in freezer and cooler. The cargo freezing capacity of —24 degrees F is obtained with freon and 35,000 feet of 1-1/2-inch cooling coils.
This is a new class of cargo vessel designed by Homeport Marine, Design Associates and Arctic Alaska's chairman Francis Miller, with the special purpose of transporting frozen seafood products.
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