ALASKAN KING CRAB BOAT CASUALTIES

In the past fifteen years, the Alaska king crab fishery has developed from a small, inconsequental industry to an extremely valuable one. The catch went from 8 million pounds in 1955 to a maximum of nearly 160 million pounds in 1966. The present catch is regulated to between 70 and 80 million pounds per year. The fleet exceeds 300 vessels of which more than 120 were built after 1965 specifically for crab fishing. Additionally, most of the litigation over claims following vessel losses has taken place in the Seattle area. As losses have mounted, there has been more and more interest in seeking solutions to the problems, both from within the industry and from sources outside the industry. This paper is the result of the first phase of a comprhensive examination of the king crab industry. This first step is an in depth study of the vessel safety record as it now exists, including a detailed review of general and individual vessel casualty data. This review should provide some insights as to the directions to be taken to reduce future casualties. Further stages of the overall study will include: (1) a stability analysis of the vessels that comprise the fleet, and (2) a review of the way the fishery is conducted, from both the operational and business viewpoints. Based on these data, methods to improve the safety record of the entire king crab fishery will be sought.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented to the Pacific Northwest Section of SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Storch, R L
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00164848
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM