Omega Protein to christen 2 new fishing vessels

The vessels nearly double the holding capacity of the retiring ships.

Omega Protein said Friday it will christen its two newest fishing vessels, the Cockrells Creek and the Windmill Point on Saturday at Virginia-based Omega Protein plant.

The company will release a short film, Omega Protein: Fishing for Life, as well to show the life of a menhaden fisherman and profile the pelagic harvesting and fishmeal processing company.

Cockrells Creek and Windmill Point will replace the Reedville and the Tangier Island and the new commercial fishing vessels feature improved refrigeration, greater capacity -- holding up to 2 million fish each compared to the 1.3 million held by the retiring vessels, and upgraded living quarters and crew working platform.

Saturday’s ceremony will also honor the retiring vessels, formerly World War II-era vessels, which will be cleaned, emptied and sunk to become artificial reefs.

A third vessel, the John S. Dempster Jr., is also being retired, and will be kept as a ready reserve spare vessel, said the company.

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