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Kastor has been launched for Murmanseld 2 at the Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg. Image: Pella

The second in a series of four factory trawlers for Murmansk company Murmanseld 2 has been launched at the Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg. The new Kastor was christened by its godmother Regina Gennadievna Shetakova at a ceremony at the yard.

The series of Project 03095 trawlers for Murmanseld 2 are designed to catch and process demersal species, producing frozen fillets, fishmeal and canned products on board. Kastor and its sister vessels are 70 metre trawlers with a 14 metre beam and each is powered by 5220kW Wärtsilä 9L32 main engine. Accommodation on board is for a crew of up to 62.


Federal Fisheries Agency director Ilya Shestakov speaking at Kastor’s launch. Image: Rosrybolovstvo

The four Cramaco-designed trawlers in the series are fitted with Rapp hydraulic deck equipment.

Each has a 1350 cubic metre refrigerated fishroom plus a 200 cubic metre fishmeal hold and a 50 tonne/day fishmeal plant.

Factory decks are designed for a 100 tonne/day freezing capacity, including production capacity for 20 tonnes of fillets. H&G production is frozen in a bank of vertical plate freezers and a horizontal plate freezer is fitted to handle frozen fillet production.

Kastor’s launching was attended by Federal Fisheries Agency director Ilya Shestakov and the Murmansk regional Duma chairman Sergei Mikhailovich Dubovoi, as well as Murmanseld 2 director general Yuri Zadvorny, deputy director general Karina Yurievna Zadvornaya and skipper Alexei Kushlak.

The Pella Shipyard was represented by director general Herbert Robertovich Tsaturov and deputy director general Sergey A. Kukhtik, with management and representatives of the North-Western Territorial Administration of the Federal Fisheries Agency, the Baltic branch of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, the St. Petersburg branch of DNV GL LLC, the Murmanseld 2 group of companies, the management of the shipyard and factory workers also present.

Kastor was consecrated by archpriest Vasily Ivanovich Stoykov of the Church of St. John the Merciful in the city of Otradnoy.