24th June 2009

The San Aspiring is a 52m purpose built auto long liner (built in 2004) she has a 2,000hp Caterpillar main engine, can carry 400,000ltrs fuel that allows her to stay at sea for about 85 days. She has accommodation for 33 crew, scientists and observers. She also has a good sized sauna, a gym with exercycles, cross trainer and weights. In 2006 we converted the solarium to increase the size of the boson’s locker and also removed the 8 person spa pool. We felt they were a little too extravagant for Kiwi fishermen.

Freezing down in South Georgia

San Aspiring with moderate freezing on deck 25nm south of Cape Disappointment, South Georgia.

There is no doubt this vessel is one of the safest and most comfortable fishing vessels of her class in the world today. For us to operate in remote southern ocean reigns and comply with the stringent requirements from CCAMLR and MSC, we need to be confident that the ship can handle the conditions we encounter. When the sea temp drops to -1.2, the air temp is -12 and we have 20 ton of ice on deck and in the rigging, we need to feel safe. Aspiring is built for these conditions….all we have to do is maintain her to a high standard and keep it there.

Rgds: John B.

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