Eastern Shipyards Delivers Fish Processor 'Northern Victor' Following Complex Conversion

Eastern Shipyards, Inc., Panama City, Fla., recently delivered the Northern Victor, a huge U.S. owned and U.S. flagged fish processing vessel to an Alaska-based fishing group. The 379-foot former drill ship, the largest vessel ever worked on by the yard, underwent a complex conversion in a 10-month project.

The Northern Victor is 379 feet 6 inches long, with a beam of 70 feet and a depth of 28 feet 10 inches.

There are accommodations for 130 personnel aboard.

Classed by ABS, "Fishing/Fish Factory, +A1, +AMS, Unrestricted," this sizable new processor is equipped to receive up to 350 metric tons of fish per day, and can store approximately 1,800 mt of frozen product in its refrigerated cargo hold. An off-loading elevator delivers product to the upper deck, which is equipped with a 30-toncapacity cargo crane and two telescoping knuckleboom deck cranes.

The large processing space aboard the Northern Victor is equipped with Baader heading, filleting, skinning and mincing machines.

Fish receiving and transfer pumps are by Ryan Engineering, with conveyors, tables, and bins by Flohr Metal Fabricators.

Supporting the processing activities are 16 RSW holding tanks. Refrigeration for both the RSW sys- tem and product freezing/storage is by Kvaerner Kulde. In addition to cod and pollack table products, the Northern Victor will also produce fish meal in a plant largely equipped by Atlas Stord.

Diesel-electric propulsion for the processor is provided by three EMD 16-645 diesel engines, each fitted with an Electric Products 1,500-kw generator that provides both shipboard and propulsive power. Four 625-hp electric motors drive the ship's single propeller. Auxiliary power is provided by the main engine generators as well. The vessel is also equipped with two 400-hp electric motor-driven bowthrusters to aid in maneuvering.

Eastern Shipyards employed advanced modular fabrication techniques during the construction and conversion of the Northern Victor.

This type of high-quality fabrication, according to the yard, ensures the ship's owners of a vessel which will be as dependable and maintenance- free as possible.

Eastern Shipyards is engaged in the design and construction of all types of steel and aluminum vessels, utilizing its advanced modular fabrication techniques. For free literature fully detailing the yards capabilities, Circle 9 1 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Sep 1990

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