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Factory sea trials of the second Russian supertrawler “Mekhanik Maslak” of the Russian Fishery Company have been successfully completed

On December 22, the Admiralty Shipyards (St. Petersburg) successfully completed work on factory sea trials of the large freezer fishing trawler of the ST-192 project “Mekhanik Maslak”, the second supertrawler of 11 ships in the series being built for the Russian Fishery Company.

The ship was tested in the area of Gogland Island in the Gulf of Finland. The trial crew checked the operation of the main engine, conducted sea and speed trials, and made vibration measurements. The specialists tested the navigation complex and radio communication systems, fuel, oil and ship’s service systems. Also, the ship's holds were successfully frozen to -28C when testing the production refrigeration unit. The first stage of factory sea trials demonstrated that the main characteristics of the ultra-modern ship correspond to contractual obligations. Trials are carried out with the participation of the RFC’s specialists.

“Sea trials are the most important and, in point of fact, the final stage in the construction of a ship. During sea trials, the operation of all equipment and systems is checked directly at sea. Seagoing capacities of the vessel such as stability, steering performance and maneuverability, speed in various operating modes are assessed. Production equipment is launched and tested: fishing gears, fish processing factory and refrigeration unit. Based on the results of sea trials, the monitoring team and the crew identify remarks that should be eliminated by the shipyard before the ship is handed over”.

In the near future, the fishing trawler will be dry-docked where the final finishing of premises, adjustment of the fish factory, fishmeal plant and refrigeration units will be carried out.

In total, 10 similar ships are planned in the project for the construction of supertrawlers by the Admiralty Shipyards for the RFC. The supertrawler “ Kapitan Vdovichenko” was put into operation in the autumn of 2022 and became the first ship built according to the project plans. The construction is carried out within the state program of “investment quotas” aimed at renewing the domestic fishing fleet and increasing the efficiency of the development of valuable national biological resources.

Another supertrawler, “Vladimir Limanov”, was built at the Tersan shipyard (Turkey) and has already been put into operation.

The supertrawlers being built for the RFC are the largest and most technologically advanced Russian fishing ships. Each new ship is designed for an annual catch of 60,000 tons of fish, which is 2.5 times higher than the productivity of the ships that today form the basis of the fishing fleet in the Russian Far East.

The special features of the new fleet will be significantly increased production capacity, maximum safety, high environmental friendliness and improved working and rest conditions for crews. The ships will be equipped with a modern factory capable of deep, waste-free processing of the entire catch into high value-added products.

Supertrawlers of the Russian Fishery Company will be able to operate in the most difficult weather conditions, which will extend the effective time of harvesting. Fitting with modern high-tech equipment will make it possible to produce high-margin types of pollock and herring products on board, including a new product - surimi. Currently, this deep-processed product, which is in demand by the market, is not manufactured on ships in Russia.

The commissioning of new fishing ships and the development of pollock fillet and surimi production will enable the company to significantly reduce an environmental impact. Thanks to fuel efficiency, a carbon footprint created by the RFC’s new fleet is the lowest among the world's pollock producers.

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