Vostochnaya Verf aims to deliver two of five planned crabbing vessels this year to fishing company Sigma Marine Technologies.
The first crabber, the 63.27 metre, 10.60 metre breadth Okhotsk, will have a 100 tonne carrying capacity in its vivier tanks and the build has progressed to starting the main engine. The next stage is the diesel generators and the refrigeration system is expected to be commissioned later this month.
‘A thorough check of all systems on board is being carried out,’ said Vostochnaya Verf JSC general director Sergey Bakanev, adding that a number of specialists from Japan have been at the yard, closely involved in setting up the systems on board.
Around 200 staff are working on this build, which is one of the largest civil shipbuilding projects in the yard’s long history.
‘The plan to accelerate the construction of the crab catchers has been confirmed by the progress being made. The hull of the second crabber is virtually complete,’ Sergey Bakanev said.