Built at the Krasnoye Sormovo yard and completed by the Vyborg Shipyard, new processor crabber Vaigach has been undergoing sea trials around the island of Gogland in the Baltic.
Vaigach is the latest crabbing vessel to be built for the North-Western Fishing Consortium (NWRC) under the Russian government’s investment quotas programme, and is the lead vessel in a series of five to be built at Russian shipyards.
The 63.20 metre, 15 metre breadth Vaigach has 60 cubic metres of vivier tank capacity, and a factory deck able to process 30 tonnes of raw snow crab per 24 hours to generate 20 tonnes of finished product, but while working on Kamchatka crab the throughput rate rises to 60 tonnes per day for a 40-tonne/day production. Frozen production is held in the 1018 cubic metre refrigerated cargo hold.
Designed to deploy and handle crab gear at depths varying from 20 to 400 metres, Vaigach is equipped with two 3t/20m cranes for handling crab pots and traps, and a pair of 3-tonne stern booms are rigged for discharging.
The КSP01 design Vaigach has a 2720kW main engine, plus 940kW and 350kW gensets, as well as a 1700kW shaft generator.
Accommodation on board is for a crew of up to 38 persons.
Following sea trials in the Baltic this week, Vaigach is to be delivered to its owners, after which it will head for the Barents Sea for further trials before becoming fully operational.