Installation is in progress of the factory deck of factory trawler Kapitan Vdovichenko, under construction for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) at the Admiralty shipyard in St. Petersburg.
RFC went to Danish company Carsoe to supply processing decks for its series of new trawlers, and these will have roughly double the throughput capacity of the company’s current older vessels, as well as having capacity to produce higher value products on board.
Each of the factory trawlers in the new RFC series is designed to handle approximately 15,000 tonnes of fillet, minced fish, and surimi production annually, plus 8000 tonnes of additional products, with a 6000 tonne capacity for fishmeal and fish oil.
‘The dimensions of the trawler at over 108 metres allows the factory to be located as efficiently as possible, ensuring high productivity, efficiency and safe working conditions for crew,’ said Dmitry Sapov, Deputy RFC’s CEO for Fleet Construction
Carsoe are installing six production lines for pollock, including two for surimi and a herring processing line in an area of around 1000 square metres, with Carsoe staff at the yard in St Petersburg, closely involved in the installation.
‘This requires careful attention and checking of every component. The participation in the process of the suppliers with their experience in this field ensures successful installation.’
The factory has automated sorting and weighing stations for H&G pollock and herring. Packaging processes are also automated.
Alongside the factory deck installation, work is continuing to fit fishing and other systems, including the fishmeal plant. RFC is building eleven new generation trawlers, ten of them under the investment quotas initiative. Kapitan Vdovichenko is expected to be commissioned in 2021 and will be the first of the ten vessels to be built at the Admiralty yard.