Surimi supertrawler arriving for customs clearance in Vladivostok

September 1, 2021 22:29

After successful fishing trials, the Vladimir Limanov flagship factory supertrawler (owner Russian Fishery Company) is calling at Vladivostok for scheduled customs clearance and presentation to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS). The routines are mandatory since the ship was built by Turkey’s Tersan shipyard, reports

During the cruise a number of tests were carried out to determine the efficiency and reliability of the new vessel in real operating conditions. The first batches of high-quality products including surimi have already been evaluated by leading Russian and Japanese food companies.

After all customs procedures and the annual inspection by the Russian classification society, Vladimir Limanov will go back to the fishing grounds.

Meanwhile, during the Eastern Economic Forum (September 2-4, 2021), the supertrawler will be presented to the seafood professionals, who will be able to get acquainted with the state-of-the-art fishing and processing equipment of the vessel, the living conditions of fishermen, and visit the captain's bridge.

Tersan Yard (Turkey) delivered this supertrawler to its Russian customer in early December last year. This was the first vessel of the future renewed fleet of the Russian Fishery Company (RFC). Another 10 supertrawlers of the series for the RFC are being built in St-Petersburg, Russia, by Admiralty Shipyards using the experience gained during the construction of the lead factory trawler in Turkey.

According to RFC, the boat, like all vessels of the series that is being built in Russia, is designed for an annual catch of more than 60 thousand metric tons of fish to be processed onboard completely waste-free.

The new factory allows the company to increase production of frozen at sea fillets and carry out production of surimi, a new item in the range. The vessel will be able to produce about 15 thousand tons of fillet, minced fish and surimi per year, apart from less valuable products.

The boat has all conditions for efficient work and leisure of the crew including comfortable cabins, a spacious dining room, a sauna, a gym and a cinema.

The new vessels provide the highest level of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness currently available. This will ensure that CO2 emissions per ton of fish produced will be halved as compared to the performance of the vessels in service until now.

The Russian-built supertrawlers of the series are planned to be put into operation in pairs, within a space of about a year between them. Delivery of the first two ships to the customer at the Admiralty shipyards is scheduled for 2021. The newbuildings will replace the aging capacity of the company's current fleet.

The first contracts to deliver surimi were signed domestically with Russia-based subsidiary of the Vichunai Group (the world leader in the manufacture of surimi products), as well as with major value-added processors: Meridian (Moscow-based), Santa Bremor (Russian arm of Belarus-based processor) and KWEN (based in the Russian Far East).

The Russian market of surimi products is one of the seven leading global markets and is currently supplied from the countries of Southeast Asia. The company is also developing surimi's export sales.

During 2021, it is planned to produce 4-5 thousand tons of the new product. The volumes will increase with the commissioning of the supertrawlers now under construction in Russia.

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