Lee Fishing on surviving Covid – connections and positives
When Covid closed all the restaurants in 2020, it hurt the fishing industry.
All the big companies called and cancelled their orders, and Peter Lee of @Lee Fishing Company brought his fleet home and tied up for 6 weeks. “ It may not have been the best decision, but fuel is a huge cost to deep-sea fishermen. The water is 300 to 600 feet deep in places, and usually, we are about 50 miles offshore. The usual tour is a 35-night stint, with an initial 30 hours of travel, which means using up to 40,000 litres in 3 weeks.”
North of Cairns is the “mothership”, a 50-metre Sea Swift, with a million-litre diesel tank. It provides refuelling of all kinds including food and water for the crew.
“Torquepower rebuilt two KTA Cummins Engines for us. Excellent engines, and being out at sea, they need to be ! You can’t pull up at a marina out there for repairs. “
We overhaul them every 30,000 hours regardless. All the filters and parts come from Torquepower. We have a special connection with Torquepower. I can call anytime for help. Even when I need non-Cummins marine parts, Torquepower can source them for me quickly.
So what are the positives? – “ Well the Queensland Coast got a breather, as fishing totally closed down. Now the ocean is producing really well. A lot of product and lots of demand. I just can’t get enough to supply to Australian and Asian markets. After Covid, I downsized the fleet, got really efficient, and don’t personally go to sea anymore, but I still miss it. “
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