Vyborg yard delivers first ATF trawlerBarents Sea has been delivered to Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet. Photo: USC

The first in a series of new trawlers for Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet has been delivered by Vyborg Shipyard, [art of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Three more vessels in the KMT01 series are at varying stages of completion.

The 86 metre, 17 metre breadth Barents Sea is the first of the new generation of catcher-processor vessels for the Russian fleet, built under the Russian government’s investment quotas initiative that offers fishing companies incentives to invest in new capacity, conditional on building at Russian shipyards.

The handover followed successful sea trials and full fishing and processing trials have yet to be carried out.

Barents Sea is the first modern groundfish trawler to be completed in Russia since the 1980s, and is to be followed by sister vessels Norwegian Sea, White Sea and a planned fourth vessel.

The new vessels are single/twin-riggers with processing capacity on board for producing frozen fillets and H&G fish, as well as fishmeal, fish oil and canned liver and roe.

Accommodation is for a crew of up to 49 in single and twin cabins, and accommodation areas are fitted out to a high standard, including with a gym and sauna.

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