Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard) in St Petersburg has begun work on the ninth new vessel in the series of ten being built for Norebo – six for northern waters and four for the Far East.
Kapitan Portnov will have an 81.60 metre overall length and 16 metre beam, a 6200kW main engine and accommodation for a crew of 70-80. Designed by Nautic Rus, the Ice Class 2 will be able to operate in ice up to 50cm thick and is laid out to be able to work with both pelagic and demersal gear.
The distinctive inverted Enduro Bow arrangement allows a more effective working layout on board, as well as providing excellent seakeeping qualities.
‘It’s an interesting process, creating new fishing vessels and building up new experience within the Russian fishing industry,’ said Severnaya Verf general director Igor Orlov.
‘It’s not an easy journey, but we have support from individuals and companies, not least from Norebo. There’s no company in Russia, or maybe even anywhere, that has such a fine series of fishing vessels.’
Kapitan Portnov is designed with a processing deck to handle herring, pollock and other commercial fish species in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, with a 230 tonne/day throughput capacity and a 100 tonne/day processing capacity. Norebo’s aim is to produce high-quality fish fillets, pollock roe and liver, minced fish and fishmeal, all with minimal processing waste.
‘The modernisation and renewal of the Russian fleet is something we take very seriously and that’s why we place so much emphasis on renewing fishing capacity,’ said Norebo’s Deputy Director for International Affairs Sergei Sennikov.
‘We are not be limited to this series of vessels, as we have contracts with the yard for four longliners. We are also now looking at building large capacity trawlers for the Far East region.’
Kapitan Portnov is named in honour of Alexander Fedorovich Portnov (1945-2013), who spent his working life in the Kamchatka Territory’s fishing industry