Lots of projects in the works. One of our welders took this shot of the inside of a chiller under construction. You’re looking down the length of a bundle of titanium tubes as they are being mounted in a tube sheet. A nice artistic photo, I thought it would be a fun break from the usual shots of equipment and works in progress. A tip of the hat to John for taking this shot.
Working on an interesting project. We received a two-circuit or non-redundant RSW system that just wasn’t doing what the ship’s engineer wanted. They had two chillers but only one condenser, one compressor, one receiver, and one ineffective control system. Having only single components powering two separate chillers can cause the system to under-perform, and if one of these single pieces needs service the entire RSW system goes down. Not good in the middle of fishing season.
Our goal is to create two complete separate systems running from a single control panel. The equipment was brought to our shop- the above photo shows the three main components, obviously in need of some attention. If you are running a boat with a similar two-circuit system, you might consider upgrading so a minor breakdowns doesn’t leave you stuck in port at the peak of the season. Contact us today to find out more.
We just finished fabricating the new condenser unit, shown in the second photo. We stripped down and sandblasted the existing equipment. After changing some fittings and doing some other work we will send all the units out for painting. Then it will be on to installation, wiring the controls, and start up. These new systems will be more efficient, work independently of each other, and will keep this captain’s catch chilled to perfection.
I’ve never heard the word “fresh” so many times in one day! I just returned from the Wild Seafood Exchange up in Bellingham. It was an all-day event with speakers from the restaurant, fishing, cold storage, and marketing fields. Sponsored by the Port of Bellingham and others, the show focused on the needs of commercial fishermen. Peter Phillips, publisher of Fisherman’s News, and Pete Granger of Washington Sea Grant moderated the panel discussions. The emphasis throughout was helping fishermen connect directly to the end buyer, whether restaurants or consumers.
The first panel focused on the restaurant industry, and what the chefs looked for when buying seafood.One chef mentioned that he likes to see his fish packed in “clean, white ice”. The blogger sitting next to me was taking notes and had written the word “fresh” and underlined it a dozen times. An audience member asked for clarification on what fresh meant, and the panelist elaborated. Obviously, keeping your catch at the right temperature is very, very important: too warm and the fish get ripe, too cold and they freeze when you only want them cool. So refrigeration was a “hot” topic! Other panels included direct marketing, sustainable fishing, web sites, cold storage, and legislative issues.
I met many interesting people, and spoke with most of the presenters. A couple of people stood out to me. One was Sonia Strobel of Skipper Ottos (above, third from left). This is a unique business model that has since been copied throughout the country. It is very similar to the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement, where consumers buy a share in the farm and receive boxes of produce every couple of weeks. In this case people receive fresh fish in the summer and frozen, smoked, and canned products the rest of the year. The seafood is sustainably harvested and the purchased directly from the fishermen. This cuts out the middleman, giving the fisherman a higher income and provides lower prices for the consumer. Plus it’s good for the fisheries. Fascinating concept. Skipper Ottos is in Canada but there are many CSFs (Community Supported Fisheries) here in the US.
Another interesting place was Flying Fish Company out of Portland, Oregon. Owner Lyf Gildersleeve spoke about his sustainable, local seafood business. Not all fish and shellfish available in the storess and restaurants are good choices from an environmental perspective. Populations of seafood vary over time, both naturally and depending on how heavily they are fished. Some are in good shape, and those are the best seafood choices. And when you buy locally you help sustain your local economy, support endangered family farms, protect the environment, and help safeguard your family’s health. Again, cutting out the middleman gives you a better product with more of the money going directly to the fishermen. Local food is fresher, healthier, and just tastes better.
There were lots of other great folks, sorry I don’t have room to mention everyone. I had a blast at the Exchange and plan to go back next year. And to all the people I met at the show: it was great meeting you, feel free to contact me any time.
The Wild Seafood Exchange is a one day conference aimed at the independent commercial fisherman who wants to learn about marketing and direct marketing to restaurants, retailers, brokers and seafood buyers. Sponsored by the Port of Bellingham, this one day Expo is on Wednesday, February 25 in Bellingham. If you are a fisherman you might consider going.
Paul Ivy with Teknotherm will be on hand to answer questions about our services. From refrigeration parts and service to rebuilding or replacing your RSW system, and anything refrigeration and cooling related, we can get you what you need, fast. Look for Paul in his black Teknotherm hat and introduce yourself!
Teknotherm COO Vladimir Sukharev recently returned from Dutch Harbor, Alaska after completing a five week sea trial on board the F/T Northern Hawk. At 341 feet, 5190 tons, and carrying a crew of 135, the Northern Hawk is part of the Coastal Villages fleet. Several years ago Teknotherm Refrigeration installed a plate freezing system. In 2011 a Mycom 200 VLD skid for freezing system and Mycom 125 LUD skid for RFW were installed. This year we returned to upgrade and modernize their automation and control systems.
We replaced their old, obsolete Sabroe system with a top-of-the-line TeknoLogic SCA II. This new system allows remote control and monitoring of the refrigeration system to optimize use of the compressors, refrigerant flow, energy consumption, save fuel, and more. The new systems allows monitoring and troubleshooting from Teknotherm office in Seattle, to help the boat engineers troubleshoot an issue with the system if it ever arises. The graphic interface is simple to use and tells the engineer everything he needs to know at a glance. By carefully controlling and monitoring the system, it works at peak efficiency at all times. This ensures the product is kept at the ideal temperature so it brings the highest price at market, as well as using no more power than necessary to do the job right. This control system was designed by our in-house engineers and built in our UL certified panel shop.
In addition, we also replaced four compressors and provided complete start-up service. For more information on how our unique, user-friendly automation and controls can boost the bottom line for your vessel, call us at 800-782-1997 or visit www.teknotherm-inc.com.
The first day of the pacific marine Expo was a busy one. Great time to chat with old customers and friends and meet new ones. Looking forward to good conversations and new partnerships in Day 2!
Early stages of a condensing unit for a Fishing vessel’s provision system. Frascold Compressors, Bitzer Condensers and all Teknotherm’s Marine refrigeration expertise, engineering and quality. The final project will also include our very own Teknologic control panel. Showing once again how Teknotherm is your Complete Refrigeration Solution!
The Pacific Marine Expo is in two days and Teknotherm will be displaying our state of the art PLC control panel system equipped with mobile control. With our Automation system installed in your Fishing vessel, shore plant or any of your systems, you can run your system with ease on your mobile device from anywhere there is internet connection. Our Automation system also allows us to monitor and trouble shoot your system without being onsite. If your system is in the middle of the Bering Sea or a remote site, our trained Service Engineers can help make changes and troubleshoot 24/7 without the expensive cost of flying us to the site.
Please stop by the Pacific Marine Expo, Booth 421, and come see what we have to offer on the Automation side of things. Teknotherm continues to be the Complete Refrigeration Solution for any industry. We can take your project from the Engineering and custom builds to the install and 24/7 service and future troubleshooting on your system. Having one company to take your project from beginning to end means less delay and headache and more savings and peace of mind.
Teknotherm introduces Teknologic, our UL listed panel shop where we have been designing, building and testing our own controls for over 13 years. This allows us to provide a highly customized automation solution that integrates seamlessly with our industry-leading RSW systems, Condensers, Plate Freezers and much more. With remote monitoring, we are able to help troubleshoot from anywhere there is an Internet connection and, likewise, you can run your system with your phone or tablet anywhere on the vessel or shore plant. Building controls in house also allows us to provide the long-term support our customers need and expect.