Russian yard starts crabber series
The Krasnoe Sormovo yard will start with this week on a series of five 62 metre crabbers for North-West Fisheries Consortium companies. Image: USC

Russian yard starts crabber series

This week the Krasnoe Sormovo shipyard, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, will start production of a series of five crabbing vessels for member companies of the North-West Fisheries Consortium.

A keel-laying ceremony for the first of the new crabber series will take place this week. Image: USC

Although located a long way from the open sea in Nizhny Novgorod, the yard has a long track record of building ocean-going vessels – but these are its first fishing vessels.

The KSP01 project design has been completed by the Marine Engineering Bureau and the yard is contracted to complete the five vessels by November 2024, with the first scheduled to be delivered in 2023 and the remaining four in 2024 to customers Alfa Trade, Karapacs, Froster and Eta Trade.

The crabbers follow the layout of the series lead vessel Zenit, which was delivered by Tersan earlier this year. The KSP01 vessels have a 61.90 metre overall length with a 15 metre breadth and a maximum draft of 6.40 metres. The design includes 60 cubic metres of live tank capacity and a 1000 cubic metre refrigerated hold.

Projected areas of operation are the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Greenland Sea and other Arctic waters.

A formal keel-laying ceremony will be held later this week with representatives of the yard and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping in attendance, and representatives of the North-West Fisheries Consortium companies attending via a video link.