The keel-laying ceremony for the first of three processor vessels for the Russian Crab Company has been held at the Okskaya Shipyard. The first of the processor trio is expected to be in operation in 2023.
The design for these 57.70 metre, 12.60 metre breadth processor crabbers has been developed by Damen Engineering in St. Petersburg, in co-operation with Russian Crab Company staff.
The vessels will be fitted out with 15 tonne/day factory deck for processing catches into cooked and frozen products, using freezers with semi-automatic loading and unloading, and elevators for delivering frozen production to the 500 cubic metre refrigerated fishroom.
Each will have a 1600kW main engine, a maximum speed of 12.30 knots, a 40-day endurance and accommodation for a crew of up to 32.
The first processor in the series will be named Kapitan Manzholin, in honour of Nikolai Platonovich Manzholin, crab fleet captain-director, Сaptain of the 1st rank and Honorary Citizen of Vladivostok.
‘The construction of Russian Crab’s new fleet is going ahead in accordance with the planned schedule,’ said Russian Crab Company Group general director Alexander Sapozhnikov.
‘The competence and experience of the shipbuilders and the designer give us confidence that our new vessels will change the technical level of the crab fleet.’
These new vessels will replace older capacity that has been converted from other fishing roles, so the new vessels are deigned to be safer and more comfortable workplaces, with double the processing and carrying capacity of the current vessels in the company’s fleet.
Special attention has been given to the design of living space for the crew, with cabins and shared areas fitted out to a high standard.
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