American Seafoods

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American Seafoods Group LLC.
Type LLC
Industry Fishery
Founded 1987
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, USA
Key people Bernt O. Bodal
(CEO)
Products Seafood
Website americanseafoods.com

American Seafoods Company is a major seafood company based in Seattle, Washington. The Company was established in 1987 and is today a subsidiary of American Seafoods Group. The company is well known for its Alaskan Bering Sea pollock fishery operation. It manages a fleet of large catcher-processor, also known as factory trawlers, where the fish is caught, processed and frozen on board. The vessels average over 300 feet in length and produce primarily pollock roe (fish eggs), surimi (used for various products such as imitation crab meat, also known as crab sticks), fillet blocks, headed and gutted fish and fishmeal.

American Seafoods is a member of the Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative.

American Seafoods is the largest harvester in the U.S. Bering Sea fishery with approximately 45% catcher-processor market share.[1]

In 2001, American Seafoods Group formed Pacific Longline Company, and began operating freezer-longliner vessels that range in length from 125 to 140 feet. These vessels focus on the U.S. Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery and produces headed and gutted cod that is sold primarily in the European, Asian and North American markets.

American Seafoods Group purchased Southern Pride Catfish Company in 2002, including its subsidiary, Southern Pride Trucking, Inc., and entered into the business of catfish harvesting, processing and distribution. In 2013 American Seafoods Group sold its American Pride Seafoods division, based in New Bedford, MA to High Liner Foods.

History[edit]

American Dynasty (right) and American Triumph (left), two of the company's factory trawlers docked at Bellingham Cold Storage in Bellingham, Washington

American Seafoods Company was created in 1987 by Kjell Inge Røkke, a Norwegian fisherman who had quit school at 16 to go to sea. During the next four years Røkke invested in a number of old boats which he modified into very advanced factory trawlers at Norwegian shipyards. In 1994, he established Norway Seafoods (now Aker Seafoods) as a holding company to coordinate the activities of the company.

Røkke established himself in the Alaska pollock fishery in Seattle, and is today one of Norway's richest men, at one point owning or controlling 31 fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, the Pacific and the Atlantic.[2]

In 1998 the American Fisheries Act (AFA) passed, requiring that certain fishing companies, including those engaged in the Alaska pollock and cod fisheries, be American-owned.[3] This caused American Seafoods Company to scramble for American owners.

Eventually a group of U.S. investors led by Centre Partners Management purchased the company in 2000 for $485 million and created American Seafoods Group as a holding company.[4]

American Seafoods Company Fleet[edit]

Name Length Tonnage Built by Year Engines Horsepowers Former Names
American Dynasty 272.0 Feet 3471 Mangone Shipyard, Houston, TX. 1974 2, Bergen Diesel, BRM-8 8000 Artabaze, Bure, Sea Bure
American Triumph 285.0 Feet 4294 LS Baier &Co, Portland, OR. 1961 2, Wärtsilä, 8R32D 7939 Acona
Northern Jaeger 337 Feet 3732 Levingston Shipbuilding, Orange, TX. 1969 2, MAKM453C 6322 Jaeger, Inagua Ranger II, Wisco Ranger
Northern Eagle 344.1 Feet 4437 Ulstein Hatlo Norway. 1966 2, Bergen Diesel, BRM-8 6590 Mauna Kea, Hawaiian Princess
Northern Hawk 310.1 Feet 3732 Blount<personal knowlag> Marine Corp, Warren, RI. 1981 2, Bergen Diesel, BRM-8 8790 State Trust
Ocean Rover 223.0 Feet 4345 McDermott Shipyards, Amelia, LA. 1973 3, Wärtsilä 7080 Enterprise
Katie Ann 267.4 Feet 1593 Maryland Shipbuilding Co, Baltimore, MD. 1969 1, Normo 4497 Royal Sea, Seafreeze Pacific

Accidents[edit]

On April 23, 2013, American Dynasty accidentally rammed HMCS Winnipeg while the latter was docked at CFB Esquimalt.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Seafoods Company|
  2. ^ Greenpeace
  3. ^ United States Court of Appeals published documents.
  4. ^ Lee, Thomas (February 1, 2000). "American Seafoods sold to U.S. group". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  5. ^ U.S. fish boat collides with docked Canadian navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg in B.C. harbour.

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