Even though the ship’s air conditioning system keeps the accommodation areas warm throughout the season it gets very cold in the factory. We have to use a large diesel heater to blow warm air over the frozen blocks of squid bait to thaw them out for setting. The heater also warms the factory deck a little but not enough to be comfortable.
Throughout most of the season, and more so from the end of January on, there is ice accumulated over the main deck and halfway up the ship’s sides, inside the factory.
The factory is a continual hive of activity with fish processing, packing, freezing, glazing then stowing the product down in the main holds.
There is also biological sampling done on the first 25 fish off each line we haul. The official observers, with the help of the crew, gather all sorts of information and samples from the catch. These samples must also be packed, frozen and carefully stowed in the hold and later shipped off to scientists to be analyzed.
Rgds: John B.