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Christen First U.S.-Flag Freezer Ship

For East Coast Operations

The first American-owned, U.S.- flag, oceangoing freezer ship de- signed to operate off the U.S.

East Coast was christened re- cently during ceremonies held at the New York Port Authority's

Pier 1, Brooklyn.

The "Holland" (shown above) will offer a new service to the

East Coast fishing industry, pro- viding American fishermen with the opportunity to sell their catch at sea, and offering export mar- kets the best-preserved fish prod- ucts from this country.

The 151-foot-long Holland—the original version of this now fully refitted ship — was built in the

Netherlands in 1964 as a wetfish stern trawler, and fished herring actively through the end of 1979, when she was removed from serv- ice after the collapse of the North

Sea herring fishery. The boat was acquired under the subsequently enacted Dutch government policy of subsidizing the sale of such vessels outside the Common Mar- ket.

The Holland was converted at

Oranjewerf Shipyard, Amster- dam, into a freezer ship/mother ship. The renovation included in- stallation of a freezing capacity of 20 tons per day in two air- blast freezers on the main deck, plus a supplementary freezer in the hold; the insulation of the fish holds to permit storing about 150 tons of frozen product below 0°F; installation of refrigerated seawater tanks on the aft deck to keep additional fish chilled pri- or to placement in the blast freez- ers ; the conversion of the elec- trical generating equipment to supply power to the refrigeration equipment, and the installation of new net-handling equipment.

The Holland will take delivery at sea of fresh-caught fish—usu- ally squid and butterfish—from typical American fishing vessels by a procedure known as "cod end transfer." During the trans- fer procedure, the collecting end of the harvest ship's fishing net will be disconnected from the remainder of the net and re- attached to a line from the Hol- land. The Holland will haul the fish onboard and begin the freez- ing operation.

The frozen squid (calamari) will be marketed in southern Eu- rope and the butterfish in Japan.

These catches should keep the

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Despite being one of the rich- est and most abundant shorelines in the world—20 percent of the world's fish resources lie within the 200-mile limit — America's

East Coast has yet to develop into a major exporter of fish products.

Among the reasons for this failure has been the long-stand- ing inability of American indus- try to compete successfully with the large and efficient foreign factory ships which for years op- erated in U.S. waters.

The foreign advantage was tempered in 1976 with the pas- sage of the Magnuson Fishery

Conservation and Management

Act that restricted foreign ves- sels. Under its terms, American industry is given first call on the fishing harvest, with the re- mainder—the so-called Total Al- lowable Level of Foreign Fishing, or TALFF — allocated by the

State Department only after U.S. harvesting capacities are satis- fied.

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Ownership . Holland Associates

Built Holland, 1964, as wetfish stern trawler

Converted Holland, 1981, into a freezer/mother ship; U.S. Flag

Length, overall . 151 ft. 2 in.

Length B/P 140 ft. 8 in.

Width 27 ft. 11 in.

Depth 14 ft. 3 in.

Draft aft 3 ft. 2 in.

Tonnage 294 gt

Main engine Deutz, 8-cylinder, type RBV 8 M 545, driving a fixed-blade propeller in a nozzle. No gearbox.

HP 1,200 hp at 380 rpm

Speed 11 knots

Steering gear Electric-hydraulic with Decca 650 autopilot

Auxiliaries MGO diesel, 8-cylinder, 300 hp at 1,500 rpm, driving a 240 kva, 50 hz, 3-phase, 220-volt generator for refrigeration plant

DAF diesel, 8-cylinder, 140 hp at 1,500 rpm, fitted 1971, driving a 100-kva generator, 220/110 volt, 50 hz

Samofa diesel, 30 hp at 1,500 rpm, as harborset

Refrigeration Grasso Engineering (1) type RC 63.11 compressor; (2) type RC 29

Radar (1) Atlas 4100 (1) Furuno

Echograph (1) Atlas 470

Fishfinder (1) Atlas 700

SSB Skanti

Loran C Trimble

Crane . . (1) Pesci P-1000

Winch (1) Gearmatic ll-SE-1103

RSW tanks (3) @ 2.5 tons

Blast freezers (3) © 10 tons per day capacity

Freezer storage 12,000 cu. ft. @ —25°C (—14°F) in two holds

Fuel oil 27,500 gal.

Fresh water 8,500 gal. 12

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