Commercial Crabbing Boat Captain Bering Sea Alaska

The captain of a commercial crabbing boat watches the radars, GPS navigation systems and sonars while out in the Bering Sea in Alaska, USA. Each moment wasted can cost the boat millions of dollars while crabbing.

The captain of the Billikin, a commercial crabbing boat, pays close attention to the modernized equipment used to navigate across the rough waters of the Bering Sea in Alaska, USA. Each computerized piece of equipment tells the captain different information about the whereabouts of the crabbing boat, what lies ahead and the exact location in which they are in.

Being the captain of one of these commercial crabbing boats involves long strenuous hours, seasonal employment and some of the most hazardous conditions. One must pay close attention while navigating the waters of the Bering Sea in Alaska to ensure the safety of the crew, especially if in the midst of a winter storm.

The captain must also locate the best locations for crabbing, the method of capturing these sea creatures, the length of the trip and the cost of the operation. Other chores include inspecting the boat to ensure it is seaworthy, the purchase of supplies, equipment, fuel, netting, cables, permits and licensees and hire the most efficient crew for the job.

Although the wheelhouse is one of the most important places for the captain to be while aboard this commercial crabbing vessel, the list of responsibilities is endless for these people. The trips out on the Bering Sea in Alaska, USA can be extremely stressful when the winter climates take over the region.

Alaska. Bering Sea. Captain of the F/V Billikin, Jeff Weeks, watches navigates with electronics at night. Opelio. MR



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The captain of a commercial crabbing boat watches the radars, GPS navigation systems and sonars while out in the Bering Sea in Alaska, USA. Each moment wasted can cost the boat millions of dollars while crabbing.

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Chad Case / Accent Alaska

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