Meet the Fleet: Global Seas' Defender

Refitted Alaska pollock vessel now ready to harvest.

Key facts

  • Name: Defender
  • Owner: Global Seas

Seattle-based management company Global Seas is on a drive to take a larger role in the Alaska pollock fishery in the Bering Sea, and it's recent vessel investments show it's ready to roll.

"Our goal is to have the most modern wetfish fleet in the US," Bob Desautel, president and CEO of Global Seas told IntraFish late last year. "We believe the Defender class vessels will help us to accomplish this goal in keeping with our mission and delivering the highest quality to the fishing industry and the public."

The company's F/V Defender, commissioned by Patti Marine in cooperation with Jensen Maritime, is a 170-foot-long conversion of the Western Venture, originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Vessel In Depth:

Year converted2015
ShipyardPatti Marine
Length169.5 feet
Breadth40 feet
Depth/Draft18.5 feet
Area of harvestingBering Sea in-shore
CaptainKenny Longaker