Press digest

2018 December 4

Keel laid in Russia for first of six new Norebo factory trawlers

Officials from Russia's federal fishing agency and regional government bodies were all in St. Petersburg last week to celebrate the ceremonial laying of a keel into the Captain Sokolov, what will be a new state-of-the-art factory trawler operated by Norebo, one of that country's largest harvesters.

The vessel, named after Vladimir Sokolov (1954-2015), who worked in several high-level positions in the Russian fishing fleet, will have a capsule-type hull that measures 81.6 meters (268 feet) long and 16 meters wide, Norebo said in a press release about the event. It’ll take roughly two years to complete and be the first of six vessels manufactured for Norebo before 2022.

Norebo noted that it already owns 45 vessels operating in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Ilya Shestakov, the head of Russia's Federal Agency for Fisheries, speaks at the ceremonial laying of a keel in St. Petersburg. Photograph courtesy of Norebo.

Once complete, the Captain Sokolov’s processing capacity will be 150 metric tons per day, including more than 21t of cod and haddock fillets and about 7t of fishmeal. The freezing equipment will have the capacity of handling more than 60t of product per day, while cold storage capacity will provide up to 1,200t of fish and fish products and an additional 334t of fishmeal. It’ll have the ability to produce and store up to 97t of canned fishery products, including cod liver.

The Icelandic company Nautic, one of the Knarr Maritime companies, is credited for the design, which was adapted to the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping by the St. Petersburg-based Nautic-Rus design department, according to Norebo.

The Captain Sokolov is one of three fishing vessels to have had keels laid in the Northern Shipyard in 2018, said Igor Ponomarev, the CEO of the Northern Shipyard, in a ceremony. Another four are planned for next year. And nine more in future years.

All told, as many as 40 new fishing vessels are to be built over the next two years in Russia, another official said at the ceremony.