Sea trials are taking place in the Gulf of Finland as the Russian Fishing Company’s trawler Mekhanik Maslak is put through its paces, prior to scheduled delivery early next year.
Mekhanik Maslak is the second in the series of 108 metre, 21 metre breadth processor fishing vessels in the company’s ambitious fleet renewal programme.
The initial vessel built to this ST-192 design, Vladimir Limanov, was delivered by a Turkish yard and the subsequent ten vessels are being built at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg, which delivered its first new fishing vessel, Kapitan Vdovichenko, earlier this year.
Designed to fish for Alaska pollock and herring in Far Eastern waters, the trawlers in this series each has accommodation for up to 139 crew, refrigerated fishroom capacity of 5000 cubic metres and a catch handling deck capable of manufacturing fully-processed products.
The third and fourth vessels in the series, Mekhanik Sizov and Kapitan Martynov, are under construction at the Admiralty yard and are expected to be completed next year.