The Oka Shipyard has started cutting steel for the first of a series of catcher-processor vessels for the Russian Crab Company.
Having acquired crab quotas under the Russian government’s investment quotas initiative, the company has an obligation to meet this by building new catching capacity.
This first vessel will be the first of three processors and is expected to be operation in 2023.
The new 5712Р project vessels are designed and developed by Damen Engineering in St. Petersburg in co-operation with the Russian Crab Company’s staff for harvesting and processing crab into cooked-frozen products.
They will operate in the Sea of Okhotsk and Bering Sea and are expected to have double the production, processing and storage capacity of the company’s current vessels.
According to the company, accommodation and working conditions on board for the crew of up to 32 will be in line with the highest international standards.
The 5712Р design has a 57.70 metre overall length with a 12.60 metre beam and a 500 cubic metre refrigerated fishroom. Factory decks are designed for a 12-15 tonne/day throughput.
The catcher-processors are designed to be able to spend up to 40 days at sea and each will have a 1600kW main engine power.