Monday, March 1, 2010

Antarctic Chieftain set to go back to Sea

Back in January, the flagship of the joint Talleys / Sealords southern ocean long line operation the Antarctic Chieftain had to return to Port for a leak.

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It would appear that she’s in bit better state now, and preparing to set sale for southern waters again.

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Although there’s still a few things to finalise until she’s scheduled to go back to sea on Thursday 25 Mar 2010.

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Port Nelson is Australasia's largest fishing port, so its not unusual to see quite a bit of activity down there.

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The Antarctic Chieftain has in the past been fishing in similar waters to the San Aspiring, the boat that caught that Colossal Squid that’s now on show at Te Papa.

As an example of the sort of work that Port Nelson completes, this ship underwent a $2.5 million refit in Nelson back in 2008, all good for the local business community.

Captain John Bennett, who has captained both vessels at one time or another recently got his own blog too.