The Northern Shipyard (Severnaya Verf) in St Petersburg has started work on the sixth trawler in the series of new vessels being built for companies in the Norebo Group.
Kapitan Abakumov is being built for fishing company Karat-1 and the keel-laying ceremony was attended by the yard’s acting general director Igor Orlov and Karat-1 director general Andrey Kiselev.
Like the five other Kapitans currently at various stages of completion at the yard, Kapitan Abakumov is intended for primarily demersal fishing in the north Atlantic, while the subsequent four newbuilds in the series will be for fishing operations in the Russian Far East.
‘A significant event has taken place in the history of Karat-1, the keel-laying of trawler-processor Kapitan Abakumov, a vessel that should become the flagship for the company’s vessels,’ Andrey Kiselev said.
‘The commissioning of Kapitan Abakumov, as with the other vessels of this series, will allow the Norebo companies to renew their fishing fleet with the most modern vessels in the world.’
The yard is currently preparing the launch of lead vessel Kapitan Sokolov, which is due to be rolled out onto the open slipway in August. Work on Kapitan Geller, Kapitan Ostashkov, Kapitan Breichman and Kapitan Tuzov continues at various stages of construction.
The trawlers are designed for demersal and pelagic fishing, with versatile factory deck systems for producing sea-frozen fillets, fishmeal and fish oil, and canned products.
‘For Severnaya Verf, the laying of a new trawler demonstrates confidence in the future of this enterprise, providing the opportunity to directly participate in the creation of a truly advanced world-class fishing fleet, said the yard’s acting director general Igor Orlov.