ACI Boats wins order to build 4 fishing vessels for American Samoa
Port Townsend, Wash., based ACI boats reports that it has secured a $3 million contract from the American Samoa Department of Commerce for four “Super Alia” commercial fishing vessels.
The four boats will be 38-foot x 14-foot semi-displacement catamarans, designed by ACI Boats and Nordland, Washington, based Coastwise Marine Design.
Built with 5086 aluminum hull skins and 5052 aluminum inner cross-frames, each fishing boat is identical in design and will be built to specifications that include ACI Boats signature self-draining decks, full-width, forward-sloping cabin forward with cuddy, galley and head compartment.
The boats will have an extended aluminum roof over the aft deck to shade the work area.
Fishing equipment will include a Lingren-Pitman commercial hydraulic longline, three ProFisher offshore electric reels, a work table and two 75 cubic foot insulated fish holds.
The boats will be powered by two 195 hp Yanmar diesel inboards and equipped with Garmin navigation electronics.
The first of four fishing boats, which will be completed in fall/winter 2022, will serve as a training platform for boat owners, captains and deckhands.
The next three boats will be completed in 18 months and will then be available for charter from the American Samoa Department of Commerce, intended to support the growth and safety of the local fishing fleet.
“Our goal and vision is to stabilize, grow and grow the fresh fish industry to support our local restaurants and tourism industry,” said Michael McDonald, Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce. “In addition, we plan to export high quality fresh fish to global markets to create additional economic opportunities for our business owners and entrepreneurs. The Super Alia is at the center of this strategy and we look forward to making it a reality.
“We are delighted to undertake this project, signaling a positive step in the expansion and growth of our business and workforce in the Port of Port Townsend,” said Cory Armstrong, Owner and Founder of ACI Boats. “This is an incredible opportunity for us as a company to build four fishing vessels to the same specifications, while providing a safe and sustainable product to the people of American Samoa.”