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Net Offloading With Swan Net Boom Truck

What I didn’t realize all these times watching the Swan Net Boom Truck offload nets was that the power block and boom are actually remote controlled.  They have this futuristic control board that clips around the operator’s waist with a bunch of paddle controls which control the movements.

Swan Net Boom Truck, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Net Offloading, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Western Venture Net Loading

Here’s a picture left from the other day when the Western Venture was loading it’s net from the Swan Net Boom Truck.

What is interesting about it is how high it sits out of the water so that the opening in the stern of the boat is perfectly lined up with the level of the pier so the net slides right into the stern of the boat and onto it’s net reel in a straight shot.  Do you see those two rectangular openings in the stern of the boat that look like garage door openings?  Just inside there is where the net reels are located.

Western Venture Net Loading, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Westen Venture Loads Net From Swan Net Boom Truck Video

Watch as the massive net gets offloaded from the Swan Net’s boom truck and onto the net reel aboard the Western Venture.  Swan Net has a facility to mend and create fishing nets up at the Blackburn Industrial Park, over a mile from the waters edge.  They can work on these huge nets inside of buildings with controlled environments instead of taking up valuable real estate on the waterfront.  They can do this because of the boom truck that can load and offload these nets for more efficient handling.

Boom Truck with Powerblock

Boom Truck with Powerblock, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

This is the boom truck for the Western Venture Herring operations. Instead of a team of ten men handling the huge herring nets, the powerblock attached to the boom on this truck will load the net effortlessly so it can be brought to places like Swan Net up in the Blackburn Industrial park to be mended.