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Deck equipment Installed on RFC supertrawler in St. Petersburg. On the lead supertrawler ‘Kapitan Vdovichenko’ from a series of vessels that are being built for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) at the Admiralty Shipyards (St. Petersburg), the installation of fishing and cargo deck equipment has been completed. In the near future, the main engine will be launched, the installation of the fish meal plant is also nearing completion, and the fish processing plant will be installed in early summer.

“As the installation and connection to the systems and power supply are completed, a complex of equipment mooring tests is carried out. This is the final stage of construction before the vessel is handed over to the customer, – commented Dmitry Sapov, RFC’s director for the construction of the fleet. – With a gap of three months, similar work is being carried out on the second vessel of the series – “Mechanic Maslak”.

As previously reported, energy-saving innovations have been applied to the equipment of the new vessels. The trawl complex includes electric wire rope winches that allow energy recovery and redirecting it to the needs of the main production and for general vessel consumption, which will reduce fuel consumption. The fish meal plant will use steam produced by a boiler using fish oil as fuel and utilising the residual heat of the exhaust gases. In addition, fish meal plant will provide an increased flour yield due to the additional process of protein recovery from the press liquid.

In order to ensure careful handling of biological resources, a catch weighing system has been installed, that makes it possible to measure the volume of fish caught, which excludes its dumping into the sea and thus serves to preserve the population. DECK EQUIPMENT INSTALLED

About Russian Fishery Company

RFC is one of the largest producers of Pollock globally. The company is among the three leading Russian producers of wild white fish. The main harvested species are Pollock and Pacific Нerring. RFC is engaged in fishing in the far Eastern fisheries basin. The Company’s large fishing vessels are well suited to work in all fishing areas and under all climate conditions. They are equipped with modern fishing and processing equipment from leading international suppliers that enables the vessels to harvest different types of seafood. Strategic goals of the Company involve increasing the output of high value-added products due to fleet modernisation, building of new facilities.

RFC is building a new fleet of supertrawlers. Each trawler is designed for an annual catch of more than 60 thousand tons of fish, which is 2.5 times higher than the productivity of vessels that are today the basis of the fishing fleet in the Russian Far East. The first of 11 supertrawlers to be built for the RFC was handed over to the company in 2020.

Visit http://www.russianfishery.ru/eng/ to learn more.