She gets there faster, saves fuel, pulls harder, pitches less, has better trim, less vibration, less cavitation and gets home sooner. Now Captain Luis Arruela says he’s off to Alaska to prove he can catch more fish. The F/V OCEANIC was originally built by MARCO in 1978 for Ivar Reitan and Pacific Fishermen Shareholder’s Einar Langesater and the Johannessen family (Lloyd, Norman and father John) with Pacific Fishermen’s General Manager Doug Dixon serving as Project Engineer during construction.
The F/V OCEANIC joins the proud club of fishing vessels sporting Pacific Fishermen’s bulbous bows including: F/V STARFISH, F/V SILVER DOLPHIN, F/V STORMYSEA, F/V MARGUN and F/V ALLSTAR. Other improvements include a new Kruger/Rice speed nozzle and highly skewed and raked five-bladed propeller together with a new double bottom transverse bulkhead for better trim.
Pacific Fishermen’s shipyard was founded in 1946 on the site of the 1890’s Ballard Marine Railway, famous for wooden halibut schooners and Navy minesweepers later named CALYPSO by Jacques Cousteau and WILD GOOSE by John Wayne. A 80’ x 200 ton marine railway, 160′ x 600 ton marine railway and the original Rowe Machinery Works 145′ x 600 ton covered screwlift dock with 140’ covered sidetrack rails, provide for extended out of the water repairs on dry land. All three facilities are equipped for hull cleaning, high pressure washing and sandblasting with full environmental containment and on-site shipyard run-off wastewater reprocessing.