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RFC continues renewing its fleet: the Russian state flag was just hoisted on the Kapitan Martynov super trawler

On March 01, 2024, the flag of the Russian Federation was raised on the large freezer trawler Kapitan Martynov, operated by the Russian Fishery Company, during an official ceremony at the Admiralty Shipyards.

The attendees included Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Evtukhov, RFC CEO Olga Naumova, and Andrey Bystrov, Acting General Director of the Admiralty Shipyards. In the presence of the honored guests and media, the shipbuilder and customer representatives delivered welcoming speeches, highlighting the significance of the event for Russia's entire fishing industry.

The Kapitan Martynov super trawler is the fourth fishing vessel in a series of ten being built at the Admiralty Shipyards as part of the government-funded investment quota program aimed at modernizing the domestic fishing fleet and enhancing the efficient use of valuable national bioresources.

Kapitan Martynov's keel was laid at the Admiralty Shipyards in August 2020, and the vessel launch ceremony took place in September 2021.

"The state flag of the Russian Federation has been hoisted on the Russian Fishery Company's large fishing trawler Kapitan Martynov. I was given the great honor of christening this vessel. We take pride in the achievements of the Admiralty Shipyards' shipbuilders who have successfully executed such an ambitious project. This vessel is rightfully considered one of the most technologically advanced and modern super trawlers globally. I hope that the RFC continues to set an example for the fishing industry through technological modernization. I would like to thank all fishermen and shipbuilders for their contribution to the development of Russia's economy. May Kapitan Martynov always have seven feet under its keel!"

said Viktoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

"In yesterday's address, the President emphasized the importance of strictly adhering to the main investment mechanic for upgrading the fishing fleet, known as Quotas under the Keel. Today, here at the Admiralty Shipyards, we can see a perfect example of Quotas under the Keel in action, as we raise our country's flag on the fourth large freezer fishing trawler of the ST-192 project, Kaptain Martynov. The shipbuilders of Russia's oldest shipyard have completed their task with flying colors"

said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Evtukhov

"The RFC continues to modernize its fleet using cutting-edge technologies. Today, we are hoisting the flag on the Kapitan Martynov super trawler, the fifth vessel in the ST-192 series and the fourth to be built at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg.

Four super trawlers are already operational and demonstrating high production rates. With their commissioning, the industry gets vessels that represent a new standard in efficiency and environmental sustainability.

" The fishing profession has been around for many years. It is often passed down from parents to children, forming dynasties that we are very proud of and will continue to support and welcome to our new ships. In 2024, declared the Year of the Family, the RFC is launching its Kapitan Martynov super trawler in collaboration with Russian shipbuilders. We hope that our trawler successfully completes its fishing trials and performs as exceptionally as its sister vessels in the large family that is the RFC fleet"

noted Olga Naumova, the CEO of the Russian Fishery Company

The super trawler is named after Viktor Martynov (1954-2002), ship captain and esteemed veteran of the Far East fishing fleet. Raised in an orphanage, he chose a life at sea and enrolled in the Kherson Maritime Fishing School. After graduating in 1974, he moved to Vladivostok, where he began working on fishing vessels, rising from the rank of sailor to captain director. He continued his work in the industry on land as well, successfully managing the Spanish-built smaller fishing and prawn trawler fleet, the most powerful fishing fleet of the time, which reached its peak efficiency under his leadership. His career in the industry spanned 28 years of accident-free service. For his long-standing diligent work and contributions to the advancement and enhancement of Russia's fishing industry, he was bestowed with the Honorary Worker of the Fishing Industry of Russia badge, and received multiple government diplomas and letters of acknowledgement.

This ST-192 large freezing fishing trawler is designed for catching pollock and herring by pelagic trawl in the Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk, as well as in areas adjacent to Russia's East Coast. It is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for waste-free fish processing and freezing, allowing it to produce fillets, minced meat, surimi, fish oil, pollock roe, and fish meal. The vessel will have its own on-board fish and meal processing plant, capable of producing up to 60-80 tonnes of fish fillets, or 80 tonnes of surimi mince, as well as up to 40 tonnes of fish meal daily.

For reference: the RFC is now assembling an all-new fleet consisting of 11 technologically advanced super trawlers. Each trawler is engineered to annually catch and process 60 thousand tonnes of fish on board, a figure that surpasses the productivity of the existing main vessels of the Russian Far East fishing fleet by 2.5 fold.

The inaugural vessel was built at Tersan shipyard in Turkey and was delivered to the client in late 2020. This supertrawler, officially named Vladimir Limanov, commenced its fishing operations in 2021 and is already displaying impressive production results. The second vessel, Kapitan Vdovichenko, was built at the Admiralty Shipyards and delivered to the Russian Fishery Company in 2022. Following a successful journey via the Northern Sea Route, the trawler started fishing in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea in October. In 2023, these super trawlers had the best KPI in the Far East basin. The Mekhanik Maslak super trawler was delivered to the Russian Fishery Company in February 2023 and began operations after successfully navigating the Suez Canal. The super trawler Mekhanik Sizov was handed over to the RFC in August 2023 and started field trials in October. All of the RFC's super trawlers ensure up to 100% on-board deep processing of catches, demonstrating the new fleet's high productivity.

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