We believe safety isn't an accident - you have to work proactively to maintain a safe workplace and to train a safe workforce. That is why we encourage our crew to better themselves by attending safety courses offered through organazations such as
Not only do we encourage our crew, we step up to the plate and pay for our crew to attend. Further, a more trained crewmember will move up in the pay scale aboard the vessels. It's a win-win-win.
American No.1's assistant Chief Engineer made the news in the Idaho Statesman earlier this week.
Ross Carrico started out as a fish processor aboard the American No.1 just over 6 years ago (June 2010); his wife attended an Employment Informational Meeting in Boise (Ross was at sea) and Ross tracked us down in Bend Oregon to start the hiring process a few months later.
In his time aboard the American No.1, Ross has pursued a career in the Engine Room and has earned his USCG Assistant Engineer's License with support from Fishermen's Finest. He's working towards his full Chief Engineer's License and we're sure he'll get there soon.
When he's not aboard the vessel, as you can see in the article, he works with his father in a grounds maintenance company based in Nampa, Idaho.
America's Finest® under construction at Dakota Creek Industries (Hull #63) in Anacortes Washington reached a milestone yesterday when the wheelhouse, having been built in the construction shed (AKA 'the Big House') was wheeled across the street and lifted atop the new vessel.
Visit Harry von Stark's bLog www.FloatingSteel.com for more detailed imagery of the placement as well as a weekly photo diary of the first Northwest purpose-built factory trawler since Dakota Creek Industries built the C/P STARBOUND in 1989.
MORE PHOTOS: America's Finest Wheelhouse Slideshow
Fishermen's Finest, Skipsteknisk & Dakota Creek ~ a team of excellence.