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Russia modernises its crab fleet. Russia’s crab fishing fleet continues to be modernised, with the Russian Crab Group of Companies and the Okskaya Shipyard having entered into contracts for the construction of six crab fishing vessels.

The order was made as part of the fulfilment of the company’s investment obligations following the results of the 2023 crab auctions. Future vessels are designed to harvest and transport live crab.

The contracts were signed in the presence of the head of Rosrybolovstvo (Federal Agency for Fishery), Ilya Shestakov, as part of the launching ceremony of the crab-processor ‘Captain Skovpen’ on April 12.

“By order of the President of Russia, 105 fishing vessels are currently being built in the Russian Federation within the framework of the program of investment quotas and crab auctions. I want to thank the shipbuilders for their dedication. New vessels go fishing and show their effectiveness. The signing of today’s agreement for the construction of six more ships is symbolic. You will have new orders, which means you will have new work, and the fishermen will have a modern fleet,” said Ilya Shestakov.

General Director of the Russian Crab Group of Companies Alexander Sapozhnikov noted that the Okskaya Shipyard has established itself as a reliable and responsible partner. “We look forward to the successful continuation of joint work and the receipt of new vessels within the contract terms, step by step in 2027-2028,” said Alexander Sapozhnikov.

According to Svetlana Vikulova, General Director of Okskaya Shipyard JSC, the shipyard’s specialists have gained sufficient experience in the construction of crab fishing vessels, including taking into account sanction restrictions on the supply of equipment and services, this allows them to confidently accept new obligations – both in terms of terms and conditions.