Russian Fishery Company refurbishes one of it’s trawlers

Russian Fishery Company (RFC), the country’s largest pollock quota holder, has refurbished a factory trawler it purchased around half a year ago, according to a company statement.RFC has completed the modernization of the 106-meter factory trawler Pavel Batov and the vessel will soon arrive on the fishing grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk, according to the company.

The company has installed three raw fish heading lines on the vessel for pollock, as well as a herring-filleting machine, said RFC. This will allow the production of 28 metric tons per day of butterfly herring fillets.

Previously, Pavel Batov was producing only whole round fish, but will focus on headed and gutted Pollock and herring fillets after the refurbishment, Russian industry sources told Undercurrent News.

The sources told Undercurrent RFC bought the vessel from Atlantrybflot around half a year ago.

According to RFC, investments made by RFC mean 10 of its 14 trawlers will produce pollock or herring fillets in 2018, which comprises around 71.5% of the company’s total capacity.

RFC is also planning an ambitious new-build plan. On Oct. 25, the company announced a deal with Admiralty Shipyards of Saint Petersburg, which is part of the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation, for six new vessels of close to 110 meters in length, with an option to build two more.

At the time, an RFC spokesman, confirmed to Undercurrent the company had signed a contract with Metalships & Docks, a yard in Vigo, Spain, for one vessel. This was reported by Undercurrent earlier in the month. RFC will not get any “investment quotas” for this vessel, as it’s being built outside of Russia.

When the new trawlers are all completed and in operation in 2020-2023, 95% of the company’s output will be of fillets or other higher value products, the RFC statement on Pavel Batov.

Also, RFC has bought a multi-species vessel from Iceland’s Samherji.

 

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