Work has started at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg on the fifth in a series of ten new trawlers for the Russian Fishery Company.
The first two in the series are due for delivery in the next few months, and the second pair are soon to be ready to be launched for fitting out.
Kapitan Iunak will become one of the third pair of new trawlers, scheduled for a May 2022 launch and delivery in 2023.
These trawlers are designed to operate in the Far East, each capable of processing around 60,000 tonnes of fish in modern factory decks into products with high added value, primarily pollock fillets and surimi.
These vessels are planned to have more than double the throughput capacity of the elderly trawlers the company currently operates.
‘The keel-laying of the fifth vessel of the series is, one might say, the mid-point of this project, demonstrating that we are successfully coping with the ambitious task that we have set ourselves,’ said RFC’s general director Viktor Litvinenko.
‘The series of vessels that the Admiralty Shipyards are building for us are not just new trawlers, this is the future of the fishing industry with a new level of efficiency, environmental friendliness, product quality, and working conditions for our crews.’
The keel-laying ceremony for Kapitan Iunak took place at the yard, attended by representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Fedral Agency for Fisheries and RFC’s financial partner Sberbank.
Кapitan Iunak is named in honour of industry veteran Vladimir Mikhailovich Iunak (1948-2008).