Severnaya Verf shipyard lays down longline factory vessel Gandvik-2 Virma
Severnaya Verf shipyard (Saint-Petersburg) has laid down a longline factory vessel of Project МТ 1112XL, Gandvik-2, for Fishing Company “Virma” (Group of Companies “Fishing Fleet of Karelia”). According to the shipyard, the vessel is to be delivered to the customer before the end of 2020.
Both Gandvik-1 and Gandvik-2 will be deployed for catching codfish and haddock in norther parts of the Atlantic Ocean, Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea.
A longline factory vessel features high-technology and ecological fishing method with automated installation and hauling lines, with equipment for complete, non-waste processing and storage of the catch directly on board the ship. The longliner reference design documents was developed by Norway based Marin Teknikk AS.
The vessel’s displacement is 2,200 tonnes, length - 59 meters, width - 13 meters, endurance – 45 days, production capacity – 30 tonnes of fish per day.
Ivan Pasynkov, Director of Virma, told that “Fishing Fleet of Karelia” Group owns six trawlers including three units of foreign origin. The Group supplies more than 100,000 tonnes of fish to the Russian market.
Igor Ponomarev, General Director of Severnaya Verf, reminded that Fishing Company “Virma” and Severnaya Verf signed a contract for construction of the third longline factory vessel of Project МТ1112XL in the end of 2018. Keel-laying of the vessels is scheduled for March 2019. Al in all, Severnaya Verf will build 14 ships for fishing companies including four longline factory vessels (three for Virma and one for Globus) and ten processing trawlers for NOREBO Group. Construction of fishing ships by domestic shipyards has become possible with the package of measures undertaken by the federal government to support national shipbuilding.
Severnaya Verf shipyard (corporate member of United Shipbuilding Corporation) is among leading shipbuilding companies of Russia’s defence industry. The company was founded on November 14, 1912, as Putilovskaya Shipyard. Since then the shipbuilding company has built more than 600 warships and commercial vessels, including cruisers, destroyers, minesweepers, patrol vessels and submarines destroyers, research and passenger vessels, timber cargo carriers, trawlers, container ships and Ro-Ro vessels, tugboats and floating docks. The shipyard’s backlog of orders currently includes the series of frigates, corvettes and other vessels.
Group of Companies “Fishing Fleet of Karelia” is a successor of White Sea Base of state fishing established in 1951. Headquartered in Petrozavodsk, the Group comprises the following companies: Soglasiye LLC, Fishing Company “Virma” LLC, Seafish LLC, Fish Trade Network LLC, Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet JSC. The Group’s companies are currently implementing a project on construction of a fish processing plant with daily capacity of more than 50 tonnes. The plant is to be put into operation in 2019.