Captain’s License allows Heinecke to operate large vessels up to 100 gross tons.

KETCHIKAN, ALASKA / June 1, 2018 – Chinook Shores Lodge, a premier Southeast Alaska fishing lodge specializing in guided charters and self-guided fishing, today announced Søren Heinecke’s successful completion of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved Captain’s License training program at Flagship Maritime.

To obtain the Master Near Coastal of Inspected Passenger Vessels Up to 100 Gross Ton Captain’s License, Heinecke logged 720 days of documented experience on big vessels in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Additionally he logged boat days in Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage while working at Chinook Shores Lodge.

“The 100 Gross Ton Captain’s License represents Soren’s commitment to mastering marine navigation, weather systems, equipment and safety,” said lodge owner Jeff Wedekind. “He has elevated his knowledge to a level that will better serve our clients’ needs and help satisfy the demand for sightseeing guides and charter boat operators in Ketchikan, Alaska.”

Chinook Shores Lodge sport fishing boat fleet consists of one 30′ Shamrock 270, seven 23′ Silver Streaks and two 21′ North Rivers. Heinecke’s credentials allow him to carry up to six passengers on these smaller vessels that engage in guided fishing charters, as well as, larger vessels that can carry 49 passengers during wildlife sightseeing tours and cruise ship excursions.

“I’m always excited to return to Chinook Shores Lodge for sport fishing season and assist clients on the dock,” said Heinecke. “This year I’ll be looking forward to putting my navigation and piloting skills to use out on the fishing grounds and waters surrounding Knudson Cove, Clover Pass and Clarence Straight.” 

Heinecke’s other certifications and credentials include the Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) Six-Pack License,  FCC Marine Radio Operator and Commercial Assistance Towing. Last year Heinecke successfully completed Fast Rescue Boat training at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Ketchikan Campus in Tongass Narrows. 

Heinecke and Wedekind

Heinecke and Wedekind pull pots of prawns aboard the F/V Pura Vida.

About Chinook Shores Lodge Alaska Fishing Lodge, Chinook Shores, is located 15 miles north of Ketchikan International Airport in Southeast Alaska. Accommodations include private waterfront beach houses with full amenities, private dock access, self-guided fishing boats, Alaska charter fishing, quality controlled fish processing and fish packaging services. For more information, visit: www.chinookshores.com. Follow Jeff’s BlogFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTwitter and YouTube.

About Flagship Maritime LLC offers professional grade license training and credentialing for seasoned mariners.  Preparing tomorrow’s maritime professionals for today, the company offers the OUPV Six-Pack Course is our most popular course with optional upgrade to 100 Ton course, US Coast Guard approved First Aid/CPR/AED Certification and FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit. For more information, visit: www.flagshipmaritimellc.com

Our commitment to our guests is to provide the best accommodations, fishing boats and facilities in the industry and to surround them with friendly knowledgeable staff and fishing guides. At Chinook Shores Lodge you will find everything you need to make your Alaska fishing trip an experience of a lifetime. Whether you prefer Ketchikan salmon fishing or Alaska halibut fishing or bottom fishing for rockfish and cod, we have it all – same day, same place, same time.