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Northern Leader

By Kathleen Gleaves When the newest longliner in the United States casts its first hooks in the chilly waters of the Bering Sea in late July, it will carry with it a long list of superlatives; Largest freezer longliner in the world by volume, first diesel-electric powered azimuthing pod propulsion system (z-drives) on a fishing boat, and greenest fishing boat in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Named the Northern Leader, it is owned and operated by Alaskan Leaders Fisheries and is the fourth and largest longliner in their fleet. Sea trials are scheduled for shortly after Memorial Day with final delivery on June 21st. The vessel was designed by Jensen in Seattle, a subsidiary of the Crowley Company, and built by the J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Company in Tacoma. The $30 mill...