Putin on the button for Gidrostroy
Shikotan fishing company JSC Gidrostroy had the honour of having Russian President Vladimir Putin press the start button to set its new 900-tonne/day pelagic processing plant rolling.
President Putin is the Far East Economic Forum in Vladivostok and the start-up at the factory was done remotely, joined by Gidrostroy founder and chairman Alexander Verkhovskiy, who established the Kuril Island-based company in 1991 and has turned it into one of Russia’s largest pollock harvesters and processors.
Gidrostry is firmly rooted in the Kuril Islands, where it employs 3600 staff, plus providing an additional 1500 seasonal jobs when fishing is at its peak. The company handles catches of around 300,000 tonnes annually and is the first Russian fishing company to be awarded MSC certification.
The 900-tonne per day processing plant has been built by Icelandic technology leader Skaginn 3X and its partner companies Frost and Rafeyri to grade, pack and freeze 900 tonnes of pelagic fish per day.
“We at Skaginn 3X are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to participate in the modernisation of Russia’s fisheries sector, exporting and transferring a 15-year legacy of knowledge and innovation in the pelagic sector,” said Skaginn 3X’s Russian regional manager Pétur Jakob Pétursson.
“Our solution will maximise automation, product handling and quality – triggering a competitive advantage that will undoubtedly result in increased demand and value.
The Gidrostroy factory with its 9000 square metres of floor space is the largest and most automated pelagic fish processing plant in the region, and is set to boost employment, streamline processes and reduce waste. With the innovative freezing technology improving overall product quality, Gidrostroy anticipates that the demand for its fish from mainland Russia and China will steadily increase.
When the contracts for the new factory were signed last year, Alexander Verkhovskiy said that he expected that the new factory would bring more jobs and development to Shikotan Island and after conducting talks with various technology providers around the world, it was an “obvious choice to work with the Icelandic companies.”
Skaginn 3X has a track record in pelagic handling systems for both seagoing and shore-based production, having designed, built and commissioned the Vadrin and Pelagos factories in the Faroe Islands, the Eskja plant in Iceland and a factory deck for France Pelagique’s new fishing vessel with tailored systems for grading, packing, freezing and palletising catches is expected to be delivered before the end of 2019.
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