Started sea trials of the lead Russian supertrawler for the Russian Fishery Company

December 20, 2021 15:10

Sea trials of the Kapitan Vdovichenko, the first vessel in a series of supertrawlers to be built in Russia for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), have started at the Admiralty Shipyards (St. Petersburg).

During the trials, which will take place in the area of ​​Gogland Island in the Gulf of Finland, specialists will test the main engine and auxiliary diesel generators of the vessel. Also, running and speed tests will be carried out, vibration measurements will be made. The handover team will check the navigation complex and radio communication systems, fuel, oil and general ship systems. In addition, the trawler will be tested for bollard pull. The tests are carried out with the participation of RFC specialists.

"Sea trials are the most important stage.They allow assessing the work of the vessel in sea conditions and identifying the need for certain modifications, which, if necessary, will be performed before the delivery of the vessel to the customer.”

Dmitry Sapov, RFC’s director for the fleet construction

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In total, 10 vessels will be built by the Admiralty shipyards for the RFC. The trawler construction project is being implemented within the framework of the state program of "investment quotas" aimed at updating the domestic fishing fleet and increasing the efficiency of the development of valuable national biological resources. One more supertrawler, Vladimir Limanov, was built outside the program at the Tersan shipyard (Turkey) and has already been commissioned.

The supertrawlers for the RFC are the largest and most technologically advanced Russian fishing vessels. Each new vessel is designed for an annual catch of 60 thousand tons of fish, which is 2.5 times higher than the productivity of the vessels that are today the basis of the fishing fleet in the Far East of the Russian Federation.

The features of the new fleet will be significantly increased production capacity, maximum safety, high environmental friendliness and improved working and rest conditions for crews. The vessels will be equipped with a modern factory capable of deep waste-free processing of the entire catch into products with high added value.

Supertrawlers of the Russian Fishery Company will be able to operate in the most difficult weather conditions, which will extend the effective fishing time. Equipping with modern technological equipment will make it possible to produce high-margin products from pollock and herring on board, including a new product - surimi. Currently, this highly demanded product of deep processing in Russia is not produced.

The commissioning of new fishing vessels and the development of Pollock fillet and surimi production will allow the company to significantly reduce its environmental impact. Thanks to its fuel efficiency, the carbon footprint of the new RFC fleet is the lowest among the world's Pollock harvesters.

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