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Russia – crab

Russian crab fleet takes shape

The Pella yard in St Petersburg has started work on two crabbing vessels, having delivered the first new crabber for Russian owners.

The first crabbing vessel to be built at a domestic yard for Russian owners has been delivered to owners Antey. Rus is a 50.45 metre vessel with a 12.53 metre beam, built to the yard’s 03070 design. It has 461m3 of RSW tank capacity on board, fitted out to hold catches in cages suspended in the tanks. Rus has a 30.50m3 refrigerated bait store.

Powered by a 1200kW Wärtsilä 6L20 main engine, it has a service speed of 12 knots and is expected to work with a crew of up to 28.

Rus is the first crabber for the Russian fleet completed under the Investment Quotas Initiative. Image: Pella Shipyard / Русь - первый краболов для российского флота, завершенный в рамках Инициативы по инвестиционным квотам

Following the delivery of Rus, Pella is making progress on two more crabbers to the same design, ordered for Sakhalin-based company Ostrovnoy-Krab.

In the Far East, the Nakhodka Ship Repair Yard has contracted to build eight crabbers to a design developed by Damen – six for Antey and two for the Pacific Fishing Company (TRK). The first three of this series of crabbers designed to land fresh catches are scheduled to be in the water before the end of this year, with the series as a whole to be completed between 2021 and 2024.

Pella is building two more 03070 crabbers for Ostrovnoy-Krab. Image: Pella Shipyard / Пелла строит еще два краболова 03070 для компании Островной-Краб

‘We expect that the construction of eight crabbers at the Nakhodka Shipyard will become the basis for further modernisation of shipbuilding capacities at this and other enterprises of the Far East. For the first time, crab fishing will be getting the latest vessels built to modern designs,’ commented Vasily Sokolov, deputy head of the Federal Fisheries Agency.

‘Over the next four years, we will get a completely different crab fleet. This is already a real breakthrough and success.’

He attributes this boom in fishing vessel construction to the Russian government’s Investment Quotas Initiative, and commented that the Federal Fisheries Agency is looking at the possibility of expanding the scheme in 2022-23.

The Nakhodka Ship Repair Yard has contracted to build eight Damen-designed crabbers. Image: Nakhodka Ship Repair Yard / Находкинский судоремонтный завод заключил контракт на строительство восьми краболовов, разработанных Damen

‘This is to an extent a symbolic moment. Because the earnings of fishing companies operating in the Far East went to other countries,’ said Yury Trutnev, Russia’s deputy Prime Minister and Presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District,  who joined the keel-laying ceremony at the Nakhodka Ship Repair Yard via a remote link.

‘It is important to turn the tide, to ensure that the value from the Russian Federation’s territory remains in our country. We have been talking for a long time about the need to revive shipbuilding, and today this is happening. The flagship is the Zvezda shipyard, which is being built next to Vladivostok in Nakhodka. But it is necessary to maintain and develop all existing enterprises.’