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Keel-laying Ceremony for the first crab-processing vessel of Russian Crab Company’s New Fleet

18 March 2021

Keel-laying Ceremony for the first crab-processing vessel of Russian Crab Company’s New Fleet 18th March, 2021 On March 18th, 2021, the keel was laid for the crab-processing Vessel for Russian Crab Company’s New Fleet at the Okskaya Shipyard (Navashino, Nizhny Novgorod Region).

Project 5712P will be the first vessel in a series of three processors under the investment quotas program. The first crab processor is slated to enter service in 2023.

The Ceremony was attended by the Head of the Oka Shipyard, representatives of Russian Crab Company, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Damen Shipyards Group, Kommer Damen. Together they placed a fitting board on the vessel.

«The construction of Russian Crab’s new fleet is being implemented in accordance with the planned schedule. Now, we started works on a series of vessels designed for crab catching and processing it into cooked and frozen products. The competence and experience of the shipbuilders and the designer inspire confidence that our new vessels will change the technical appearance of the crab fleet», — said Alexander Sapozhnikov, the General Director of Russian Crab Company Group.

Crab harvesting vessel, project 5712LS was developed by Damen Engineering company (St. Petersburg) in cooperation with Russian Crab Company Group’s specialists. New vessels will be equipped with an innovative factory for processing the catch into cocked-frozen products. Applied technologies combine the reliability of traditional solutions and the mechanization of lifting processes — hydraulic tables, freezers with semi-automatic loading and unloading, an elevator for supplying products to the hold.

New vessels will be equipped with modern fishing technical equipment to increase the vitality and safety of the catch. The capacity for the extraction, processing and storage of frozen products will double in comparison with operating fleet vessels. Special attention has been given to the design of living space for the crew: cabins and common areas are designed with respect to the needs of the ship’s crew and the proven practices of ship arrangement used on fishing vessels. The first processor in the series will receive the name «Captain Manzholin» in honor of the Crab Fleet Сaptain-director, the Сaptain of the 1st rank, Honorary Citizen of Vladivostok Nikolai Platonovich Manzholin.

Vessel’s characteristics, project 5712R

Length 57,70 m 
Width  12,60 m 
Autonomy  40 days 
Full speed  12,3 kn 
Main engine power  1600 kWt 
Bow thruster power
400 kWt
Crew capacity        32 people
Processing and production capacity per 24h  15 tons 
Freezing hold capacity   500 m3 

For reference:

Russian Crab Company Group is the largest crab harvesting company in the Far East and one of the leading in Russia. Company’s fleet consist of 19 vessels. Annual quota for 2021 is 12.86 thousand tons in northwestern subzones of the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest share of quotas in the Far Eastern basin — 19%.
Russian Crab exports live and cooked-frozen crab to China, South Korea, Japan and the USA.

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