First sea trials for Arkhangelsk trawler
Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet’s Barents Sea is undertaking its first sea trials. Image: USC

First sea trials for Arkhangelsk trawler

The first trawler in a series being built at the Vyborg Shipyard for Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet, part of the NorthWest Fishing Consortium, has begun its first sea trials.

Barents Sea was launched for outfitting in late 2018, followed by other vessels in the same class which are at varying stages of completion.

The construction of this series of trawlers is taking place under the Russian government’s investment quotas programme, and the Vyborg yard has a total of eight large fishing vessels under construction.

This series of 86 metre LOA by 17 metre breadth factory vessels is designed to have a 100 tonne/day freezing capacity, including 40 tonnes of fillets, as well as a 60 tonne/day fishmeal and fish oil production capability and a plant capable of producing 5000 cans per day.

Fishroom capacity is 2500 cubic metres and these trawlers are designed for single and twin-rig trawling.

Barents Sea is scheduled to be completed this year.