Homeport Marine Completes Fish Tender 'Northern Wind

Homeport Marine Services, Inc. of Moss Point, Miss., has completed the 195-foot fish tender Northern Wind, owned by Arctic Alaska Fisheries, Inc. of Seattle, Wash. Upon delivery, the vessel will travel to Seattle by way of the Panama Canal where Western Pioneer of Seattle has contracted to manage and operate it.

The Northern Wind, a sister ship to the Eastern Wind, also built by Homeport and delivered in June 1990, is 41.5 feet wide and 28 feet deep. It has a total of 78,000 cubic feet of cargo hold, which will allow it to transport three million pounds of frozen fish at minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit. It is self-loading and unloading by way of four cargo booms rated at 10,000 pounds each.

Built to support a crew of 10, the tender is equipped with modern and comfortable quarters and with a modern galley which includes a walk-in freezer and cooler. She will carry 150,000 gallons of fuel and 8,000 gallons of water. The Northern Wind was built to ABS requirements and is certified by ABS as a loadline vessel.

Propulsion is provided by two General Motors Electro Motive Division 12-cylinder engines supplied by Defco, developing a total of 3,000 hp. It has reduction gears built by Haley Gear Co. of Greenville, Miss., with 3:1 ratio. Propellers are Bird-Johnson 86-inch by 68- inch, four-blade bronze. Electrical power totals 495 kw driven by three 3306 Caterpillar engines capable of full paralleling. The main electrical switchboard was built by Contec of Port Bienville, Miss., and is designed for parallel operation.

The vessel's engine control is Westinghouse Air Brake Co. with Logic Master panels. Steering is electrohydraulic manufactured by International Steering of Pearlington, Miss. Electronics, furnished by Lunde of Seattle, feature gyro by Sperry, and all the standard radios and satellite communicating equipment including a fax machine.

The cargo freezing capacity of minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit is obtained with Freon and 35 thousand feet of 1-1/2-inch cooling coils. The Northern Wind, a new class of cargo vessel, was designed by Homeport Marine, Design Associates of New Orleans, La., an Arctic Alaska's chairman Francis L.

Miller with the special purpose of transporting frozen seafood products. Designed as a freighter for international trade, it will take product on the high seas, from catcher processors to domestic or international markets.

In addition to new construction, Homeport is currently overhauling two 200-foot supply boats for Seacor Marine, Inc. of Morgan City, La. Two-year-old Homeport Marine, which has approximately 100 employees, is a local and privately owned company located on a 17-acre site next to the Escatawpa River in Moss Point.

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