The Nakhodka Shipyard in the Russian Far East has floated off a second new crabbing vessel for the Antey fishing group.
The eight new vessels joining the Antey fleet are being built under the state-supported investment quotas initiative.
The new Dmitry Konoplev joins the first in the series, Kapitan Khazan, launched last month, at the yard’s quayside for the later stages of outfitting.
The Antey crabbers are 57.70 metre, 12.60 metre beam vivier vessels with a capacity of 640 cubic metres in nine tanks, designed to carry up to 120 tonnes of live crab. The vivier system is semi-automatic in operation. Built to Ice Class 2, these new crabbers are designed to operate in ice up to 50cm thick in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.
The yard’s general director Alexander Korneichuk commented that this is the only shipbuilder in Russia that is currently constructing a series of eight identical crabbing vessels.
‘The vessels under construction at the yard are of a new generation,’ he said
‘Despite the difficulties we have to face, together with our team we are able to cope with the tasks ahead of us and continue to develop shipbuilding in the Far East.’
A third crabber in the series is expected to be launched towards the end of this month.