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Fourth Russian supertrawler for the RFC launched in St. Petersburg. At the Admiralty shipyards (St. Petersburg) the supertrawler Captain Martynov was launched – the fourth order from a series of fishing vessels under construction in Russia for the Russian Fishery Company. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Victoria Abramchenko, who became the “godmother” of the vessel, Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery Ilya Shestakov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RFC Gleb Frank, top managers of the RFC and Admiralty shipyards attended the solemn launching ceremony.

“This vessel is not only one of the largest and most technologically equipped, it is also a high-tech vessel with innovative Russian designs. In addition, this is an environmentally friendly vessel, – noted Victoria Abramchenko. “Thanks to these technologies and the reduction in fuel consumption, the level of greenhouse gas emissions per ton of fish caught will be halved. The vessel factory will operate on a waste-free technology and, therefore, will help to use the resources of the World Ocean more carefully”.

“The implementation of such projects became possible thanks to the decision made by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, to implement the mechanism of investment quotas,” said Ilya Shestakov. “I would like to thank the Russian Fishery Company, personally Gleb Sergeevich Frank for taking an active part in the implementation of this program, building such modern vessels, and I am sure that they, of course, will show their effectiveness. Thank you very much that such vessels will now work in the fishery complex of the Russian Federation. ”

“We are deeply convinced that Russian fish should be caught by Russian vessels. For this, we need to build a new fleet. And this should be done as soon as possible – in 5 years, a significant part of the operating fleet will lose relevance due to age, – said Gleb Frank. – Today various mechanisms for the implementation of the second stage of the investment quotas program are being discussed, which can be used to motivate further shipbuilding. However, whatever mechanisms are ultimately chosen, we consider it important that the investments that have already been made must be reliably protected. We need to use as efficiently as possible what is already being created and created by Russian fishermen and shipyards as part of the Russian fleet renewal program. ”

The supertrawler is named after the Honored Veteran of the Far Eastern Fishing Fleet, Captain Viktor Martynov (1954-2002). After graduating from college in 1974, he came to Vladivostok, where he began work on fishing vessels and rosed from a sailor to a captain-director. Onshore, he continued to work in the industry, successfully managing the most powerful at that time fishing fleet of the Spanish-built vessels, which, under the leadership of Viktor Nikolaevich, reached the peak of efficiency. Captain Martynov died suddenly as a result of illness at the age of 49.

“The main thing that my father taught me and my brother was decency,” said the son of Viktor Nikolaevich Gennady Martynov. – He was a man with powerful inner strength, infinitely kind and attentive to everyone – to friends, relatives, to his team, regardless of the level of the position of subordinates. He never raised his voice, but instilled such respect in those around him that one glance was enough to be listened to unconditionally. ”

The commissioning of the vessel is scheduled for 2022. In total, the Admiralty shipyards will build 10 similar vessels for the RFC, the total investment in construction will be more than 80 billion rubles. 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 at the Tersan shipyard (Turkey) and has already been commissioned.

The supertrawlers under construction 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.

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 building of new, state-of-the-art supertrawlers.

RFC is building a new fleet of 11 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  supertrawlers to be built for the RFC was handed over to the company in 2020.

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