Russian Fishery Company signs factory deck deal with Carsoe
In November last 2017, Carsoe was selected by Russian Fishery Company (RFC) as the official factory supplier for the development and delivery of seven fish processing factories on RFC’s new trawlers. Carsoe and RFC have signed the giant deal which is the biggest order for Carsoe so far, bringing the company closer to its nearest competitor.
The Russian fishing industry is undergoing a massive transformation after years of struggling during which there was no opportunity to invest in equipment or vessels. The Russian government has recently introduced an incentive programme enabling investments to be exchanged in return for fish quotas which shall help modernise large sections of the fishing fleet.
As a consequence, one of the first big Russian fishing companies, Russian Fishery Company (RFC), signed a major deal for a total of seven large factory trawlers. Carsoe has been selected as the supplier of all seven fish processing factories for the trawlers that will join RFC’s fleet over the next seven years.
The ST-192 trawlers have an 108 metre overall length and 21 metre beam, and the total value of the seven ships will be close to 37 billion Rubles when the last ship leaves the shipyard in Saint Petersburg.
The factory decks from Carsoe will provide each of the seven trawlers in the series with capacity to process 400-500 tonnes of fish per day.
The first of the series of Skipsteknisk-designed trawlers will be built in a Turkish shipyard. The following six will be built at Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg, and Russian Fishery Company has selected Carsoe as factory supplier of all seven ships.
“We’re one of just two companies in the world who can deliver complete fish processing factories for ships of this caliper and the order is a great victory for us because it demonstrates that we’re able to co-operate closely across our business units in Denmark and the US. At the same time, the order is pivotal for us since it strengthens the company considerably compared to our nearest competitor in Norway,” said Carsoe CEO Mikkel Jacobsen, commenting that among other factors, Carsoe has been selected as factory supplier because of the company’s technical know-how, the overall design of the solution and not least the reliability of the processing factory.
The order lifts Carsoe’s turnover close to US$117 million in 2019.
“Industry experts predict that only a few of these ships will be built in the US and Canada in the years to come,” commented Jeppe Christensen, sales and business manager at Carsoe Seafood Processing.
“Therefore, this order is significant on a global level. We’ve been very successful with our complete processing factories for shrimp trawlers, and we’re among the only ones in the world who can manufacture factories for the production of surimi at sea. This has contributed to us winning the tender for Russian Fishery Company.”
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