Kaso - dedicated service for over a decade
By Gina Forsyth
It was the end of an era on October 31, 2018 when the 56 foot Kaso was decommissioned. The former work boat and RONC (Remote Operated Net Cleaner) vessel had come to the end of its working life. Many are sorry to see it go.
“The Kaso - the oldest vessel in the MCW fleet - has reached the end of her service life; thus, for the assurance of safety and the interest of cost effectiveness, it was time to retire her,” says Cindy Taylor, Vessel Superintendent.
The Kaso was originally built for the armed forces as a landing craft. Marine Link purchased the vessel and added the wheelhouse and lengthened her by 20ft.
The vessel was purchased from Marine Link in the mid 1990s where it was used to haul freight, including feed, and used as a harvest support vessel.
The Kaso was operated for many years by Daryl Misky, beginning in 2004-5. “We harvested with it for five years. We’d load fish and ice water in totes three high on the deck. It was quite the operation just loading them. We’d get to Brown’s Bay in time for the afternoon processing shift,” he says.
Daryl also remembers challenging weather. “We’d go sideways coming around Cape Mudge at the south end of Quadra,” he says.
Ben Richards, who also ran the vessel, remembers the Kaso being used for the BBQ at Hardwicke Island during the Van Isle 360 yacht race. “We loaded her up with food, BBQ, and porta potties and headed for the site. When we headed back to Campbell River after the event, we could smell the porta potties all the way home,” he says. Ben also recalls hauling 22 tonnes of chain link.
Additionally, he remembers a frog he carved out of bark while on board the vessel. “I carved it while Daryl and I were waiting for the tide after cleaning up the site at Dunsterville. Daryl kept it on the boat for good luck.”
Kit Taggart of Innovative Pressure Systems, a contractor for Mowi Canada West, says, “I’m very sorry to see it go,” adding that the first job he did for the company was
rewiring the Kaso. The wiring required upgrading from copper wire to tinned wire, which protects from corrosion. “It took 130 hours to complete the job and Daryl Misky’s eyes were like saucers when I started pulling out all the old wiring,” says Kit.
James Rogers says the Kaso was a “lesson in adaptability,” adding that “she’s done whatever has been asked of her for a long time.”
The Kaso was converted to a RONC vessel three years ago and served the Campbell River region.
“We added net washing gear in later years and it became our top-producing net washing boat,” says Steve Kommnick. “It was a good boat for sure,” he adds.