Providing a variety of employment opportunities at sea
Premier Pacific Seafoods

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of experience do I need?

Processors with experience and good references are preferred. Processors with experience in other manual labor jobs such as construction or farming are considered next. We do under some circumstances hire processors with little to no work experience.

How much will I make?

Earnings are dependent on many factors, i.e. how many hours worked, completing your contract as agreed, number of fishing days, value of the product. There are minimum guarantees in place for each position so you will always have a paycheck.

How long is a contract?

Contract length depends on the fishery. Contracts are normally signed for 30, 60 or 90 days.

What kind of work will I do as a processor?

You will do a variety of jobs in the factory processing fish into frozen product; sorting, grading, heading/gutting, loading product into pans for freezing and stacking frozen product in the freezer hold.

What is the daily work schedule?

The work schedule can change at any time. Most often the schedules for processors are:

SS Ocean Phoenix

A Season: 16 hours on, 8 hours off
Hake and B Season: 12 hours on, 12 hours off

M/V Excellence

8 hours on 8 hours off all seasons

Is there a store where I can buy things?

There is a ship store where you can buy gear, toiletries, pop, candy, tobacco products, and vessel logo items such as coats, sweats and hats. You can purchase phone cards that work at sea. Anything you charge at the store will be deducted from your payroll.

Will I be able to send and receive mail?

SS Ocean Phoenix:

Opportunities to send and receive mail are very limited. You may send and receive mail only when the vessel comes into port, which is the beginning and end of a contract and at offloads. Please try to limit your mail to letters only.

A Season and B Season mailing address:

Your Name
c/o SS Ocean Phoenix
P.O. Box 920266
Dutch Harbor, AK 99692-0526

Hake Season:

Your Name
c/o SS Ocean Phoenix
333 First Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

You will be given an email address on board the SS Ocean Phoenix and have access to a computer to send and receive email. You will not have access to the internet.

M/V Excellence:

Mailing address - all year:

Your Name
M/V Excellence
333 First Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

What happens if I quit or get terminated?

You incur expenses when you quit or are terminated for cause prior to the end of your contract. You will be expected to pay your own travel expenses to return to Seattle and room and board charges of $25 per day for the time you are on board and not working.

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