Deck equipment installed on the lead supertrawler for the RFC in St. Petersburg
On the leading supertrawler Kapitan Vdovichenko of a series of ships being built for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) at the Admiralty Shipyards (St. Petersburg), the installation of fishing and deck equipment cargo has been completed, according to the RFC release.
In the near future, the main engine will be started, the installation of the fishmeal plant is also nearing completion, and the fish processing plant will be installed in early summer.
As previously indicated, innovations in energy saving have been applied to the equipment of new ships. The trawl complex includes electric wire rope winches which allow energy to be recovered and redirected to the needs of main production and for the general consumption of the vessel, which will reduce fuel consumption.
The fishmeal plant will use steam produced by a boiler that uses fish oil as fuel and uses waste heat from the exhaust gases. In addition, the fishmeal plant will provide increased meal yield due to the additional process of protein recovery from the press liquid. In order to ensure careful handling of biological resources, a catch weighing system has been installed, which allows the volume of fish caught to be measured, which excludes its rejection at sea and thus serves to preserve the population.
About Russian Fishery Company
RFC is one of the largest producers of Pollock in the world. The company is one of the top three Russian producers of wild white fish. The main species harvested are pollock and Pacific herring. RFC is engaged in fishing in the Far Eastern fishing basin. The company’s large fishing vessels are well suited to work in all fishing areas and in all climatic conditions. They are equipped with modern fishing and processing equipment supplied by major international suppliers which enables vessels to harvest different types of seafood. The strategic objectives of the Company are to increase the production of high added value products through the modernization of the fleet, the construction of new facilities. RFC is building a new fleet of supertrawlers. Each trawler is designed for an annual catch of over 60,000 tonnes of fish, which is 2.5 times the productivity of the vessels that today form the base of the fishing fleet in the Russian Far East. The first of 11 supertrawlers to be built for the RFC was delivered to the company in 2020.