The Russian Fishery Company’s new factory trawler Mekanik Maslak has completed sea trials carried out around the Kuril Islands following its delivery bythe Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg.
The new trawler sailed in February for the long delivery trip to Vladivostok via Gibraltar and the Suez Canal, which was followed by a month of operational testing under real conditions to ensure that fishing and processing systems are in order. The first batches of production from the factory deck have already been evaluated by Russian and Japanese experts.
According to the company, this is an excellent result for a technically complex vessel built at a Russian shipyard under the current climate of sanctions and restrictions.
Mekanik Maslak is the second RFC fishing vessel built under the Russian government’s investment quotas initiative and this ST-192 trawler is one of the most technologically advanced vessels in the Russian fleet, designed to fish for pollock and herring in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea.
Its advanced factory deck enables Mekanik Maslak to produce not only traditional pollock and herring products, but also surimi, fish oil and fishmeal.