Vard secures trawler contract for Russian Far East
The VARD 8 02 design trawler for Luntos has an 80.40 metre overall length. Image: Vard

Vard secures trawler contract for Russian Far East

Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has concluded an agreement with Russian fishing company Luntos Co. Ltd for a VARD 8 02 design trawler to be built at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam.

The 80.40 metre LOA, 16.70 metre beam vessel has been specially tailored for Luntos, based on the proven VARD 8 02 design. Luntos operates from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Russian Far East fishing zones and in the Bering Sea.

According to Vard, the design incorporates a range of innovations to ensure optimal productivity, sustainability and operational efficiency, delivering high performance in the most demanding environmental conditions.

Luntos chief accountant Marina Postnova, Vard’s SVP Sales and Marketing Torgeir Haugan, Luntos technical director Alexander Shinshinov and the company’s fishing department head Igor Mikhailovich Shchipkov. Image: Vard

Scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2021, the trawler’s design combines a safe, comfortable, and modern working and living environment for crew, and a strong focus on quality of the pelagic catch handling, keeping the fish in prime condition until processing and storing to maintain premium fish quality products.

Key features include high-efficiency deck equipment and a processing deck with a 170 tonne/day capacity, two separate cargo holds for palletised production.

‘Working in partnership with Luntos, VARD has focused on incorporating the latest, most efficient technology to ensure the catch can be brought ashore with the minimal environmental footprint,’ a spokesman for the company said.

‘The vessel hull has been designed for optimal efficiency during both trawling and transit, and an environmentally friendly propulsion and power solution optimises energy consumption for all operational needs.’

Vard Design in Ålesund has developed the VARD 8 02 design, while the build itself will take place at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam. Since 2010 the yard has delivered a broad range of offshore and specialised vessels and an expedition cruise vessel, with all projects completed to agreed schedules.