The first of the new generation of fishing vessels for the Russian fleet, one of three identical multi-purpose vessels for RK Lenina in the Far East, is now undertaking sea trials prior to delivery.
Built at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Leninets is being put through engine and performance trials with Yantar staff and the owner’s representatives on board.
‘The first sea trials will take four days, after which it will return to port to refuel and take stores, and for any modifications to be made,’ said Yantar’s general director Eduard Efimov.
He added that this is the first fishing vessel to be completed under the investment quotas initiative.
Three rounds of sea trials are planned, taking up to ten days in total, after which preparations will be made to hand Leninets over to its owners.
Designed by Norwegian naval architect Skipskompetanse, the 50.60 metre LOA by 12 metre beam Leninets is built to an SK-3101R design and has a 2200kW main engine. It is fitted out to be able to work demersal and pelagic trawl gear, as well as having capacity for seine netting and purse seining for a variety of species. It also has RSW capacity.
The contract for Leninets and its sister vessels Kommandor and Udarnik were signed in January 2016. The keel of lead vessel Leninets was laid a few months later and launched for outfitting in November 2017.
All three vessels are scheduled to be delivered to RK Lenina this year.