CONSTRUCTION OF SECOND SUPER TRAWLER FOR RFC
Construction of second super trawler for RFC, Russian Fishery Company, started at Admiralty Shipyards. The second of super-trawlers of the new generation for Russian Fishery Company was laid out at Admiralty Shipyards (St. Petersburg, Russia).
Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery P. Savchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovations of St. Petersburg V. Khrabrov, representatives of the Russian Fishery Company and the Admiralty shipyards took part in the keel laying ceremony.
“We are laying the second super-trawler of the “longest” series of vessels of a similar class being built today in Russia, – commented RFC CEO Fedor Kirsanov. – This is a clear confirmation of the effectiveness of the state program of investment quotas, thanks to which RFC, our fishermen, the fishing industry will receive new, high-performance vessels, which have not been constructed in Russia before. Russian shipyards are provided with orders for several years ahead, civil shipbuilding has received a powerful impulse for development, and our company gets the opportunity to reach a new level of efficiency, environmental friendliness and safety of the fishery”.
“The Russian Fishery Company is constructing a series of the most advanced high-tech trawlers with waste-free production, which will create all the conditions for crew comfort, for production safety, – said Petr Savchuk, deputy head of the Federal Agency for Fishery. – The efforts that both the company and the shipbuilders make deserve great respect. The future of the construction of fishing vessels depends on the implementation of this project”.
The first trawler of the series was laid in January this year. As of today, about 15% of the sections of the first vessel have already been mounted on the slipway, more than half of the metal has been processed for its construction.
The launch of the first two trawlers is scheduled for the first half of 2020, and commissioning is scheduled for 2021. The whole series will be built in pairs, two vessels a year with an interval of three months between the keel laying and the gap of about a year between pairs.
Each new vessel, which will be built for the Russian Fishery Company, is designed for an annual catch of more than 50 thousand tons of fish. This is twice as much as the performance of the ships that make up today the fleet of the RFC and many other Russian companies operating in the basin. The vessels will be equipped with a modern factory capable of carrying out deep waste-free processing of the entire catch into high value-added products, primarily Pollock fillets and surimi. The capacity of such a factory for the production of high added value products is more than doubled compared with analogues.
Admiralty shipyards will build six vessels for RFC by 2023. All of them are built under the state investment quota program. In the framework of the program RFC will receive additionally more than 170,000 tons of Pollock and Herring quota per year. The company plans to build no less then three more vessels – the decision of the Federal Agency for Fishery on the applications for the construction of four trawlers is expected this year.