The second of a series of vivier crabbers for Russian Crab has been launched at the Onega shipyard, as the latest stage in the company’s investment in new tonnage to replace its ageing fleet.
The launch of Kapitan Egorov at the Onega yard follows the launch last month of crabber-processor Kapitan Manzholin, launched at the Okskaya Sudoverf yard and currently in the later stages of outfitting.
‘Events such as today’s are significant steps in upgrading the Russian fishing fleet, in which our companies are participants. The construction of each new vessel makes our fisheries more sustainable, strengthens shipbuilding competencies, and stimulates the development of related industries. Despite external challenges, it is important to continue building a new high-tech fleet, not to stop and not slow down,’ said Alexander Sapozhnikov, general director of the Russian Crab Group of Companies.
The series of vessels that includes Kapitan Egorov is designed or landing live catches and these crabbers have an overall length of 57.70 metres with a 12.60 metre beam, and 440 cubic metres of vivier capacity for a payload of more than 100 tonnes of live crab in two levels of stainless steel tanks.
Russian Crab is one of the largest Far East fishing companies and its vessels operate in the Bering Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan, frequently under difficult conditions. The new crabbers are being built to Ice Class standards, and also incorporate the latest technology, including sophisticated systems for monitoring temperature and oxygen content in the tanks, as well as other parameters, with data held in the wheelhouse as well as being transmitted to the company ashore.