RUSSIA BUYS FISHING BOATS FROM SEATTLE'S KVICHAK MARINE

RUSSIA BUYS FISHING BOATS FROM SEATTLE'S KVICHAK MARINE

Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered five all-aluminum fishing vessels to the Russian port city of Petropavlovsk, marking the Seattle boat builder's first foray into the Russian market.

The vessels were shipped to Russia aboard Northland Service's Sea Trader. The five boats include a 42-foot combination fishing boat and four 16-foot utility skiffs."We design and build the very kinds of vessels (Russian fishers) needed, and we understand the fisheries they are trying to develop," said Keith Whittemore, vice president. "It's a case of mutual understanding working to everyone's benefit, and we're very pleased to have been chosen to build these boats."

The 42-foot fishing vessel will operate in the Russian Far East; it will seine for salmon, pot-fish for crab, jig for cod, long-line for halibut and Scottish seine for bottom fish. It is powered by a 290 horsepower Caterpillar 3208T diesel and was classified by Det Norske Veritas.

The skiffs are powered by 150 horsepower Yamaha outboards.