VESSEL REVIEW | Vaigach – First in new series of Russian Barents Sea crab boats

VESSEL REVIEW | Vaigach – First in new series of Russian Barents Sea crab boats

Photo: United Shipbuilding Corporation

Russian shipbuilder Krasnoye Sormovo has completed construction of a new crab fishing vessel ordered by local operator the North-Western Fishing Consortium.

Vaigach is the first to be built under the five-strong Project KSP01 series designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau in accordance to Russian Maritime Register of Shipping rules covering operation in the Barents Sea. The vessels will also have onboard factories, each with a rated processing output of 60 tonnes of Kamchatka crab and 30 tonnes of snow crab per day.

Photo: United Shipbuilding Corporation

The factory equipment also includes packaging facilities. The Project KSP01 vessels are notable for being the first Russian-built vessels to feature fishing and processing equipment specifically for use with crabs.

The vessel has a length of 61.9 metres, a beam of 15 metres, and a maximum draught of 6.4 metres. Power is provided by a 2,720kW main engine while a 940kW generator and a 350kW generator supply electricity for the various onboard systems.

The fishing equipment is designed to allow crab catching in water depths of between 20 and 400 metres, A 60-cubic metre tank will be used for storing live crab while the freezer hold will have capacity for 1,000 cubic metres. Two three-tonne cranes will be used for handling crab pots.

The accommodation spaces can house 38 crewmembers.

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Photo: United Shipbuilding Corporation

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Type of vessel:Crab fishing vessel
Classification:Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
Owner:North-Western Fishing Consortium, Russia
Designer:Marine Engineering Bureau, Russia
Builder:Krasnoye Sormovo, Russia
Length overall:61.9 metres
Beam:15 metres
Draught:6.4 metres
Capacity:1,000 cubic metres
Main engine:2,720 kW
Generators:940 kW; 350 kW
Refrigeration/Fish processing equipment:Live crab tank; freezer hold
Operational area:Barents Sea, Russia

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