Longliner keels laid in St Petersburg

Longliner keels laid in St Petersburg The keel-laying ceremony for the first of three new longliners has been held. Photo: Northern Shipyard

The Northern Shipyard, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, has started construction of two processor longliners for the Karelian Fishing Fleet group.

The first of the new vessels has been named Gandvik-1 and is designed to operate in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, fishing primarily for haddock and cod.

The 59 metre LOA by 13 metre beam longliners are built to Marin Teknikk’s МТ1112XL design and will be fitted with 30 tonne/day factory decks.

"In order to expand its economic activity and update the technical base, the Karelian Fishing Fleet is investing in the construction of two high-performance longline vessels, Gandvik-1 and Gandvik-2,” said RK Virma’s director Ivan Pasynkov.

"Our task is to improve quality and expand the product line for consumers. In this sense, the operation of longliners will optimally combine economic efficiency, environmental friendliness and product quality. Studies prove that the fish caught on lines are always better quality than those caught by trawls."

Longliners is a new method of fishing for the Karelian Fishing Fleet Group of Companies (KRF). Currently the Group operates six trawlers and supplies more than 100,000 tonnes of cod, haddock, capelin, blue whiting, herring, mackerel and redfish to the Russian domestic market.

According to the Northern Shipyard’s First Deputy General Director Dmitry Ermakov, in addition to the series of three longliners - two for Verma and one for Globus - the keel laying for the lead vessel in a series of trawlers for Norebo is scheduled to take place in September.

"Over the past year, a number of fishing vessels have been laid and begun to be built at shipbuilding enterprises belonging to USC,” Dmitry Ermakov said, commenting that this has been made possible by the adoption of investment quota legislation with requirements for new tonnage to be built at Russian shipyards.

“For the shipbuilding industry, these new projects are the opportunity to expand their capacities and the skills needed for the construction of a fishing fleet," he said.

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