Large fishing vessel christened in Ketchikan

October 7, 2013 • Business

Larry Cotter, President Alaska Longline Company speaks at the christening of the longline vessel F/V Artic Prowler at Alaska Ship and Drydock Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2013, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, former Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski and Sen. Bert [auth] Stedman, R-Sitka, were a few of the dignitaries that spoke at the event. (AP Photo/Ketchikan Daily News, Hall Anderson)

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska has been christened.

A ceremony for the Petersburg-based Arctic Prowler was held Saturday at the shipbuilder, Ketchikan Shipyard.

The ship was commissioned by Alaska Longline Co., and is the fourth in its fleet.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports ( the ship is 136 feet long and 40 feet wide. The Arctic Prowler has two 1,000-horsepower, eight-cylinder engines.

On-board freezers can hold about 735,000 pounds of fish. Crew members can process fish on board the Arctic Prowler, and the ship is designed to accommodate long fishing trips in the Bering Sea.

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