The Yantar Shipyard has handed over multi-purpose fishing vessel Leninets to its owners, the VI Lenin Collective Farm (RK Lenina), ahead of the new vessel’s delivery trip which will take it half-way around the world to Petropavlovsk-Kamctahtka.
The handover of the first of the three Skipskompetanse-designed SK-3101R multi-purpose fishing vessels is a milestone for Russia’s rapidly modernising fishing industry – and the delivery was coupled with the ceremonial keel-laying of new factory trawler Viktor Gavrilov at the same shipyard.
This was a significant occasion for the Yantar yard in Kaliningrad, attended by Federal Fisheries Agency head Ilya Shestakov, Kaliningrad regional governor Anton Alikhanov and regional Duma chair Marina Orheeva. Also present were Kamchatka governor Vladimir Ilyukhin and RK Lenina chairman Sergey Tarusov, as well as representatives of the the Yantar yard’s parent company United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) board chairman Georgy Poltavchenko and president Alexei Rakhmanov.
Ilya Shestakov, Vladimir Ilyukhin, Alexey Rakhmanov and Anton Alikhanov fixed the maker’s plate to the steelwork of the new Viktor Gavrilov’s keel.
‘The construction of the series of three SK-3101R trawler-seiners, of which Leninets is the lead vessel and today delivered to the customer, is a key stage in the development of the Yantar shipyard’s civil shipbuilding expertise. We are able to build modern, competitive fishing vessels quickly and efficiently,’ Alexei Rakhmanov said.
The contract for the 121 metre, 21.60 metre Viktor Gavrilov was signed last year, with completion scheduled for 2023. The project for this sophisticated factory vessel has been developed by Wärtsilä Vostok in St Petersburg.
This flagship fishing vessel is to be named after veteran fishing skipper Victor Rodionovich Gavrilov (1949 – 2010), one of the most significant figures to have been part of RK Lenina’s 90-year history.