National Fisherman


The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) have christened the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska, the F/V Arctic Prowler.

Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, operates Ketchikan Shipyard for AIDEA. The 136 ft. freezer longliner vessel, built by ASD for Alaska Longline Company, is also the first vessel to be constructed in Ketchikan Shipyard's new 70,000 square foot Assembly and Production Hall.

"AIDEA is proud to be part of Ketchikan Shipyard," said AIDEA Executive Director Ted Leonard. "Our work in partnership with Alaska Ship & Drydock, Vigor Industrial, the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough has helped make the Shipyard a center of economic activity for the region."

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