The latest of a number of crabber factory vessels for the North-West Fishing Consortium has been launched at the Krasnoye Sormovo Plant and is being taken to the Vyborg Shipyard for outfitting. Both yards are part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, the largest shipbuilder in Russia.
The 61.90 metre Vaigach has a breadth of 15 metres and is designed for 60 cubic metres of vivier capacity, a 1000 cubic metre refrigerated cargo hold and a processing deck capable of handling up to 60 tonnes of king crab per 24 hours. It is expected to start sea trials in July and delivery will take place later this year.
The Krasnoye Sormovo yard at Nizhny Novgorod has been working since 2020 on a series of five crabbers for the North-West Fishing Consortium, which has already taken delivery of several crabbing vessels built in Turkey.
Vaigach is the first of this new series of five vessels, built under the Russian government’s investment quotas initiative.
Two more vessels in the series of processors and vivier crabbers are scheduled to be handed over in 2024 and two more in 2026.