Five crabber contract for Russian yard
The series of 62 metre crabbers has been ordered from the Krasnoe Sormovo shipyard. Image: USC

Five crabber contract for Russian yard

A contract for five 62 metre crabbing vessels to be built for fishing in Atlantic waters has been signed by the Krasnoye Sormovo Plant (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) in Nizhny Novgorod – an inland shipyard a long way from the sea.

The customers are companies that are part of the North-West Fisheries Consortium and the Krasnoye Sormovo plans to lay the keels of the five vessels this year, with delivery of the first crabber in 2023 and the remaining four in 2024.

The KSP01 design has been developed by the St Petersburg-based Marine Engineering Bureau which has produced a vessel layout suitable for operation on the Barents Sea and other Arctic sea areas, fishing for Kamchatka and opilio crab at depths of 200 to 400 metres.

The vessels are to be built to a 61.90 metre, 15 metre breadth design which incorporates a 60 cubic metre live crab tank capacity, processing deck and a 1000 cubic metre refrigerated hold.

‘Krasnoe Sormovo has always been and remains a versatile plant. We built steamers, tanks, submarines and hydrofoils,’ said yard’s director general Mikhail Pershin.

‘Building these crabbing vessels is another ambitious task that I am sure Krasnoe Sormovo will cope with, due to its experience and access to new technologies.’