Presenting the Allankay
Wednesday, 22 Feb, 2023
The latest addition to the Sea Shepherd Global fleet is the Allankay, a Patagonian toothfish longliner transformed into a marine conservation vessel.
With the retirement of the Bob Barker on the horizon, we began searching for a suitable replacement in early 2022. After a few months we spotted the Corinthian Bay, a Patagonian toothfish longliner built in Norway in 1998, and lengthened by 10 meters in 2012.There were several fishing companies that also wanted to acquire the vessel, but thanks to our purchase this ship will never fish again.
The vessel has been renamed in honor of an Australian couple, Allan and Kay, who generously donated AUD $5 million to Sea Shepherd Australia for the purpose of buying a new ship.
On April 28th we had a small handover ceremony on the bridge of the ship while docked in Henderson, Western Australia. The ship was then transferred to Walvis Bay, Namibia, where serious refit work took place throughout the summer and fall to transform it into a conservation vessel. All of the fishing gear and processing equipment were removed, and the fishing lines were donated to local artists.
The Allankay is 54.5 meters in length and has a max speed of 12.5 knots. It currently sleeps 30 crew, but a second round of refit later this year will add enough bunks for at least 40.
Ice-strengthened and suited to working in polar climates, the Allankay is now on its way to the Southern Ocean for Operation Antarctica Defense, and we’re confident it will be a capable ship in our conservation efforts for years to come.
Port of Registry Amsterdam
Speed 10 knots cruising, 12.5 knots max
Number of Bunks 28 (+2 hospital), to be 40
Names Seljevaer, Corinthian Bay