New scalloper Kodiak joins Vinjerud’s New Bedford fleet

The new 103’ scalloper Kodiak was built by Williams Fabrication Inc. in Alabama for New Bedford’s Lars Vinjerud and Oceans Fleet Fisheries. (Steven Kennedy photo)

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Lars Vinjerud’s new scalloper Kodiak has joined the Oceans Fleet Fisheries stable here.

And once word gets around, there’s likely to be more than a bit of interest in this new arrival.  That’s because Kodiak isn’t just another new scallop dragger – she’s Vinjerud’s first scalloper built specifically to freeze scallops offshore.

Like all of Vinjerud’s newbuilds, Kodiak was built at Williams Fabrication Inc. in Bayou La Batre, AL.

Kodiak measures 103’x27’x14’ and is powered by a Mitsubishi S6R2 diesel delivering 803 hp @ 1400 rpm through a ZF 5:1 reduction gear.  Her main engine was supplied by Laborge Products Inc. of Covington, LA.

R.A. Mitchell Co. Inc. of Fairhaven supplied three John Deere engines for Kodiak: a 6068 AFM85 6.8 liter haulback engine delivering 330 hp @ 2600 rpm; and two 99 kW (unusally large) 4045 AFM85-driven gensets which will be used to power Kodiak’s freezing equipment.

Glenn Manchester of Northeast Marine Services, Westport, MA designed the hydraulics system and worked in concert with the shipyard on installation.

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