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62 metre crabber Zenit has been built for JSC Arcticservice. Image: Skipsteknisk

Delivered by the Tersan Shipyard in Turkey, new crabber Zenit is now in its delivery trip from Istanbul to Kirkenes in northern Norway.

The 62 metre LOA by 15 metre breadth Zenit has been built to a Skipsteknisk design, and while this is not the first crabber that the company has designed – having produced a crabber design for American Seafoods back in the 1990s – this the first Skipteknisk-designed crab catcher with processing and freezing on board.


Zenit is built to process up to 60 tonnes of crab per day on board. Image: Skipsteknisk

As Zenit is intended as the lead vessel in a series, owners Murmansk-based fishing company JSC Arcticservice, plans to build more vessels to the same design, with construction of the ST-184 AS vessels scheduled to take at the Krasnoe Sormovo Shipyard in Russia.

JSC Arcticservice has quotas for king crab and snow crab in the Barents Sea.

Zenit will work with a crew of 38 and the Bjørdal factory deck on board has capacity for production of up to 60 tonnes per day. There is an 1150 cubic metre fishroom on board.

Power on board is provided by a 25555kW main engine to give an 11-knot speed, plus 940kW and 360kW gensets and a 1700kW shaft generator. A 600kW bow thruster and a 465kW stern thruster aid handling at low speeds.

A passive anti-pitching device is fitted to dampen vessel motion, with diesel fuel used as the anti-pitching medium.

Zenit is fitted with a 1.5t/4.70m crane aft for handling crab traps, as well as a pair of 3t/10m cranes aft for discharging and a 1t/8m crane forward.