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Keel-laying Ceremony for the third crab harvesting vessel of Russian Crab Company’s New fleet

2 February 2021

On February 2nd, 2021, keel-laying Ceremony of the third crab harvesting vessel CCa 5712LS (building number 503) ordered by Russian Crab Company under the investment quotas program took place at the Onega shipyard in Petrozavodsk (Republic of Karelia). The series includes seven vessels for catching and transporting live crab.

The keel-laying Ceremony was attended by Dmitry Rodionov, Deputy Prime Minister of Economy of the Republic of Karelia; personnel and Management team of JSC Onego Shipyard, and representatives of the customer and the designer.

Technical Director of the Russian Crab Company, said in his welcoming speech that construction of crab harvesting vessels is a significant event for the crab-fishing and shipbuilding industries of the country. «The construction of vessels designed specifically for crab harvesting started with the introduction of an investment procedure for quotas allocation. Previously, modified fishing vessels were used in crab fishery. The construction of crab fishing vessels is an innovative project that will significantly increase the efficiency and safety of harvesting fleet and strengthen the competence of shipbuilders,» said Mr. Gavrish.

Crab harvesting vessel, project 5712LS was developed by the Damen Engineering company (St. Petersburg) in cooperation with Russian Crab Company Group’s specialists. The vessels will be equipped with modern fishing technical equipment to increase the vitality and safety of the catch. The process of extracting and transporting live crab will comply with the world’s best environmental practices. Special attention has been given to the design of living space for the crew: noise insulation in the living premises, a comfortable galley, and a sauna are provided.

The Russian Crab Company implements the Crab harvesting Fleet construction program within the framework of investment obligations stipulated by the auction distribution of quotas for the production of commercial crab. The new fleet of will comprise 10 vessels, seven of which will be built by JSC Onego Shipyard. The keels of the lead vessel and first vessel in series were laid in June and December 2020.

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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 20 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.

JSC Onega Shipbuilding and Shiprepairing Yard was founded in 2002 on the basis of the shipyards of the Belomorsko-Onega Shipping Company, formed in 1944. Since 2014, the sole participant of JSC «OSSZ» is FSUE «Rosmorport», which develops its own shipbuilding and ship repair enterprise. Since 2003, the shipyard construct vessels on a ready-to-operate basis. The plant has experience in the construction of dry cargo vessels with a deadweight of up to 5500 tons, dredging vessels, and technical fleet vessels.

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