The Nakhodka Ship Repair Yard in the Russian Far East has launched the first of a series of eight new crabbing vessels.
Kapitan Khazan is a 57.70 metre , 12.60 metre beam vivier crabber with a 680 cubic metre tank capacity, designed to carry up to 120 tonnes of live crab, and with options to operate in the Bering Sea, Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.
Built to Ice Class 2, the crabbers can operate in ice up to 50cm thick.
The Nakhodka yard expects to launch two more of this series before the end of 2022.
Kapitan Khazan is undergoing outfitting, ahead of sea trials and delivery later this year.
‘It is important that events such as this one have already become regular. Despite the difficulties that we have to face, we must together meet targets and continue to upgrade the country’s fishing fleet,’ said Ilya Shestakov, head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries.
‘The renewal of the fleet, including the crab fishing fleet, ensures both the safety of the fishery and its productivity.