A sure sign of spring in Alaska is when the world-renowned Copper River Salmon season begins in mid-May. Alaska Marine Lines, along with other Lynden companies, plays a big part in bringing this fish to market via its well-placed Cordova Service Center. This year is no different as Alaska Marine Lines helped coordinate the move of a 66-foot-long, 17-foot-wide and 13-foot-high ice barge for Copper River Seafoods in Cordova. “The barge was originally supposed to come up the Duwamish River in Seattle and be craned from the water, but due to a backlog of work at the Port Townsend Shipyard, it had to be trucked to us in the middle of the night,” explains Account Representative Patrick Crosby. “Our yard crew craned the barge to a 53-foot platform and then set about fashioning a cradle to support the barge for its 1,400-mile-plus trip to Cordova via Whittier.” The platform was then placed on a chassis so it could be moved on and off the barge. Copper River will use the barge in Prince William Sound to hold and deliver ice to the fisherman to keep their catch of salmon cool and fresh.
Above: Ryan Tranholt (left) and Mana Mitchell maneuver the ice barge at the Seattle yard.