Keel laid for latest Russian crab catcher Russian Crab Company technical director Evgeny Gavrish speaking at the keel-laying ceremony for the company’s latest newbuild

The Onego Shipyard at Petrozavodsk in Republic of Karelia has hosted a keel-laying ceremony earlier this month for the third in a series of new crabbers for the Russian Crab Company. Construction of the first two in the series in June and December last year.

The series of seven are built to fish for crab and to deliver live catches, while three processor vessels for the company are being built at the Oka Shipyard in the Russian Far East. All ten vessels have been designed by Damen Engineering in St. Petersburg.

Having been successful in acquiring crab quotas at auction in 2019 and following a successful 2020 despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russian Crab Company has an obligation to build new tonnage under the Russian government’s investment quotas initiative.

The keel-laying Ceremony was attended by Dmitry Rodionov, Deputy Prime Minister of Economy of the Republic of Karelia, JSC Onego Shipyard staff and management, and representatives of the Russian Crab Company and Damen Engineering.

“The construction of vessels designed specifically for crab harvesting started with the introduction of an investment procedure for quota allocation. Previously, converted 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 the fleet and strengthen the competence of shipbuilders,” said Russian Crab Company technical director Evgeny Gavrish at the keel-laying ceremony.

He said that the new vessels will be equipped vivier systems to keep catches alive and in top condition, complying with best environmental practices. Special attention has been given to the design of living space for the crew, with noise insulation in accommodation areas, a comfortable galley and a sauna.

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