Keel laid for the Russian supertrawler of the Fifth Russian Fishing Company
At the Admiralty Shipyards (St. Petersburg), a solemn keel-laying ceremony for the fifth of the ten fishing vessels, which will be built here for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), took place, according to the statement from RFC.
Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Rosrybolovstvo and Sberbank – RFC’s financial partner in the implementation of the project – attended the ceremony. A commemorative plaque on the keel of the future trawler was installed by the general manager of the Russian fishing company Viktor Litvinenko, general manager of the Admiralty shipyards Alexander Buzakov, vice president, head of the world markets department of Sberbank Andrey Shemetov, Director of the Department of Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Equipment of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Boris Kabakov.
The RFC series of fishing vessels is the largest ordered from Russian shipbuilders. The first two vessels were launched in March and June 2020 and will be delivered to the customer in the coming months. The second pair of super trawlers will be launched this year.
The superchalutiers under construction for the RFC are one of Russia’s largest and most technologically advanced fishing vessels. Each new vessel is designed for an annual catch of around 60,000 tonnes of fish, 2.5 times the productivity of the vessels that currently form the basis of the fishing fleet in the Far East of the Russian Federation. . The characteristics of the new fleet will be a considerably increased production capacity, maximum safety, high respect for the environment and improved working and resting conditions for the crews.
The vessels will be equipped with a modern plant capable of transforming all the catches in depth and without waste into products with high added value, mainly pollock fillets and surimi. Innovations in energy saving are applied in the equipment of new ships. The trawl complex includes electric wire rope winches which allow energy to be recovered and redirected to the needs of main production and for the general consumption of the vessel, which will reduce fuel consumption.
The fishmeal plant will use steam produced by a boiler that uses fish oil as fuel and uses waste heat from the exhaust gases. Thanks to these technologies and the reduction in fuel consumption of a modern engine, CO2 emissions per tonne of fish caught will be halved. The construction of 10 vessels is carried out under the national investment quota program.
About the Russian fishing company
RFC is one of the largest producers of Pollock in the world. The company is one of the three main Russian producers of wild white fish. The main species harvested are pollock and Pacific erring. RFC is engaged in fishing in the Far East fishing basin. The company’s large fishing boats are well suited to work in all fishing areas and in all weather conditions. They are equipped with modern fishing and processing equipment from leading international suppliers that allow vessels to harvest different types of seafood. The strategic objectives of the Company are to increase the production of high value added products due to modernization of the fleet, construction of new facilities. RFC is building a new fleet of supertrawlers. The first of 11 supertrawlers to be built for the RFC was delivered to the company in 2020.