Patrol Vessel Woldstad
Built for the State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety in1982 the Patrol
Vessel (P/V) Woldstad is a 121-foot, 300 ton vessel. With its Home Port in
Kodiak, it patrols from Kodiak Island to the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay with a
four man crew and at least two State Troopers on each trip. The P/V WOLDSTAD was
the largest vessel assigned to the Marine Enforcement Section for many years
until the Stimson was commissioned in 1998 to work
alongside the Woldstad in patrolling the vast Alaskan Waters.
The Vessel was named in honor of Colonel Fred W. Woldstad who retired in 1980
as the director of Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska Bureau of Wildlife
Enforcement. Colonel Woldstad was instrumental in the creation of the Marine
Enforcement Section and a strong supporter of the section's efforts to provide
enforcement services to offshore fisheries.
With its 12-ton and 5-ton deck cranes the vessel can haul all types of
commercial fishing gear. In addition to it's enforcement mission the vessel is
equipped with fire fighting capabilities, dewatering pumps and other gear to
provide Search and Rescue capabilities. Along with its ability to tow vessels up
to 10,000 tons and its 5,000-mile range the P/V Woldstad is a great resource
that is depended on heavily for a multitude of missions.