The Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad will next week hand over the first new vessel for Russian owners in many years to be built at a domestic shipyard, combining the event with the keel-laying ceremony for another new vessel for the same customer.
Multi-purpose fishing vessel Leninets, the first of a series of three new vessels for the VI Lenin Collective Farm in Petropavolosk-Kamchatka will be formally handed over to its owners, with its two sister vessels due to be delivered later this year.
On the same day the yard will hold the formal keel-laying ceremony for a new factory trawler for the same customer. The 121 metre LOA, 21.60 metre breadth Viktor Gavrilov will be the largest fishing vessel of its kind in the Russian fleet and it has been designed by Wärtsilä Vostok.
The keel for the 50 metre, Skipskompetanse-designed Leninets was laid down in July 2016 and it was launched in November 2017. Its sea trials were concluded last month. The second vessel in the series, Kommandor, is currently undergoing trials and the third, Udarnik, is at an advanced stage of completion.
All three RSW-equipped vessels are designed to be able to switch between pelagic and demersal trawling and to have capacity for purse seining and seine netting.