Knarr member company strikes design deal for Russian newbuilds

Russian fishing company Norebo Group has placed an order for six new freezer trawlers to be built at the Severnaya Verf (Northern shipyard) in St Petersburg in Russia and the company has opted for innovative designs from Icelandic design company Nautic, one of the Knarr Maritime group of companies.

The 81m LOA by 16m beam factory trawlers are destined for Norebo’s fishing companies operating in the north Atlantic and feature the distinctive inverted Enduro Bow design. Each will have a processing capacity of not less than 21 tonnes per day of fillet production or a 60 tonne per day H&G production, in addition to production on board of fishmeal and liver for canning.

Norebo is a conglomerate of 13 fishing companies in Russia with activities both in Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as other companies in fish processing, logistics and sales. The deal with Severnaya for building of these state-of-the-art vessels has been struck with five of the companies within the group; Rybprominvest JSC, Karat-1 JSC, Alternativa JSC, Karelian Seafood JSC and Murmansk Region Fleet JSC.

‘We have put a great deal of effort into preparing this project with Norebo Group in the last few months, as well as developing further projects in both north-western and Far Eastern regions of Russia,’ said Nautic’s managing director Alfreð Tulinius.

‘These are outstandingly sophisticated fishing vessels designed to operate in the unforgiving conditions of the north Atlantic and will be capable of a level of production at sea that is entirely new. We are looking forward to working with Norebo’s team and Severnaya Verf as the project moves forward. The technical documentation will be adapted to Russian requirements and finalised by a Russian-based designing company while theR03; construction is scheduled to start at the yard in third quarter of the next year and the series as a whole is expected to be complete by 2023,’ he said.

‘We made a strategic decision to invest in the construction of modern and progressive fishing vessels of this design,’ commented Vitaly Orlov, Director of Norebo Management LLC and owner of Norebo Group.

‘For us it is important that vessels of such complex design and construction should be built by a Russian shipyard with more than a century of history. The new trawlers are designed to work under harsh conditions of the Arctic region and they will produce a variety of high-quality products,’ he said, adding that it is highly satisfactory for the company to be making its own contribution to the revival of shipbuilding in Russia.

WorldFishingToday - 20-11-2017

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