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Main equipment installation on first pair of super trawlers for RFC started in St. Petersburg. On the trawlers ‘Kapitan Vdovichenko’ and ‘Mechanic Maslak’, which are being built for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) at the Admiralty shipyards (St. Petersburg), the installation of trawl, cargo and mooring equipment started. The installation of a fishmeal plant has also begun on the lead vessel ‘Kapitan Vdovichenko’.

The trawl complex includes electric wire rope winches that allow energy recovery and redirecting it to the needs of the main production and for internal consumption, which will reduce fuel consumption.

“Modern technologies make it possible to increase the efficiency of the vessel,” noted Dmitry Sapov, RFC’s Deputy General Director for Fleet Construction. “Winch energy recovery is not the only innovation. Energy-saving technologies are also applied at the fishmeal plant, the installation of which has already begun at the Kapitan Vdovichenko vessel. The unit will operate with steam produced by a boiler using fish oil as fuel and utilizing residual heat from exhaust gases. Thus, we get a closed loop system. The fishmeal plant will provide an increased fishmeal production due to the evaporation of fish broth”.

The installation of a fish processing factory equipment will begin on the lead vessel soon. Preparatory work completed in the workshop: the deck is metallized, pipelines and cable routes are being laid.

Supertrawlers for the RFC are the largest and most technologically saturated Russian fishing vessels. Each new vessel 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, which today form 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 leisure conditions for crews. The vessels will be equipped with a modern factory capable of deep non-waste processing of the catch into products with high added value, primarily Pollock fillet and surimi.

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 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 modernization, building of new, state-of-the-art super-trawlers and coastal processing plants. The primary fishing species are Pollock and Pacific Herring. Visit http://www.russianfishery.ru/eng/ to learn more.