This 680 foot long ship with a crew of 220, is the largest fish processing ship in the United States.
The vessel is a “Mothership” operation, meaning she processes the fish harvested by a separate fleet of trawl vessels. The trawlers haul their nets and then transfer a 55-ton cod-end (the back end of their net that holds the fish) directly to the ship. As the trawler prepares the net, the Mothership navigates beside them, trailing a hawser from the stern ramp. The trawler then shackles the cod-end to the hawser and releases it. An empty cod-end is sent to the catcher boat, which resumes fishing while the Mothership hauls the net aboard and begins processing the fish. The ship will take 15-20 deliveries per day.