The F/T Ocean Peace was originally built as the AMFISH, one of the first modern catcher/processors built in the United States. The steel-hulled vessel was constructed in 1984 at Moss Point Marine in Escatawpa, Mississippi as a dedicated freezer trawler for the East Coast squid fishery and, at the time, was the largest catcher/processor vessel on the East Coast. The vessel measures 220 feet in length and 1144 gross tons with a fish hold capacity of 480 metric tons.
Ocean Peace, Inc. (OPI) was formed in December 1990 and purchased the AMFISH in February 1991. The vessel then underwent seven months of retrofitting at Tippett Marine in Seattle for an additional cost of $5.5M and began fishing the North Pacific in August, 1991.
Ocean Peace, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Marine Corporation. U.S. Marine Corporation owns a number of other vessels, some of which are managed by OPI, as well as Master Marine, Inc., a shipyard located in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama.