Keel laid for second supertrawler

Keel laid for second supertrawler The Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg has started construction of a second ST-192 trawler for RFC. Photo: United Shipbuilding Corp

The Admiralty Shipyards, part of Russia’s largest shipbuilder, United Shipbuilding Corporation, has started construction work on the second of a series of ST-192 trawlers for the Russian Fishery Company.

According to Admiralty Shipyards director Alexander Buzakov, the construction of this series of six trawlers with an option for a further four will mean that 30% of the yard’s orderbook is devoted to civil shipbuilding.

“In 2021 we will deliver the first two trawlers to the customer,” he said.

The keel-laying ceremony was attended by deputy head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Petr Savchuk, who commented that this was a significant event.

“Today we are present at the laying of one of the largest and most high-tech vessels in the world, which will meet the latest global safety requirements and will be able to operate in non-waste production mode. The future of the Russian fishing fleet depends on the implementation of this project, and we are confident that the Admiralty shipyards will show their professionalism at all stages of the construction of the series,” he said.

The contract for the construction of a series six large freezer vessels with an option for for more was signed by the yard and the Russian Fishery Company in October 2017 as part off the Russian state programme of investment quotas.

The keel of the first vessel in the series was laid in January this year and the first two vessels are expected to be launched in March and May next year.

The ST-192 trawlers will have a 108 metre overall length with a 21 metre beam, a 5500 cubic metre refrigerated fishroom capacity and accommodation for a crew of up to 139.

The initial six trawlers are intended for operation in the Russian Far East, primarily pelagic trawling for pollock and herring in the Bering Sea and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, with factory deck capacity on board for a wide variety of products, including fishmeal and fish oil, pollock roe, minced fish, fillets and surimi.

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