Ministry of Agriculture Joins NEVA with Fisheries Pledge

June 28, 2017

The significance of NEVA 2017 as a platform for the renewal of Russia's fishing fleet has been explicitly recognised, following a commitment for the Ministry of Agriculture to full participation in this year's event in St Petersburg.

According to the Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Fisheries (ROSRYBOLOVSTVO) has nominated Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Head of the Federal agency for Fishery Shestakov Ilya Vasilyevich to join the NEVA 2017 Organising Committee as Co-Chair.

The move signifies a major new commitment by government to the event, which is already actively supported by the Ministries for Transport, Industry & Trade and Foreign Affairs.

NEVA has been a focus for the fisheries industry for more than 20 years, but the pressing need to accelerate fleet and infrastructure renewal has persuaded government agencies that the event can usefully expand its programme to cover fishing vessel types in greater detail. The NEVA Conferences will also play host to the 2nd International Conference “Renewing the Fishery and Fish Research Fleet on September 21, focusing on shipbuilding, machinery and equipment production for the fishery industry.

Fishing generates annual tax revenues of around 15 billion Rubles, but the working fleet is in urgent need of renovation. Russia’s shipbuilding industry cannot fulfil the need alone, which is one reason interests from Norway and Finland will be out in force at this year’s event. The theme will be a focus for Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Russian Chamber of Commerce at the Norwegian Pavilion, for example.

Again, as part of a Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce initiative, maritime suppliers from the Møre region have established a maritime sales and marketing program aimed to develop fishing industry opportunities.

However, domestic interests are also moving to address the nation’s need for fleet renewal. Today, over 1,000 fishing vessels come under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class. RS is classing a series of trawler-seiners to be built at Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad during 2018. These vessels will be distinguished by their advanced storage technology, comprising six 800m3 seawater cooled cargo tanks that will keep catches fresh for seven days.

Elsewhere, construction of the first of a new generation of four fish processing trawlers started at the Vyborg Shipyard at the end of May, after the United Shipbuilding Corporation yard laid the first section of a prototype 2,992.5 dwt ship series – again to RS class. The first ship will be delivered to the Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet by March 2019. These 86m long trawlers will be strengthened to Ice3, to fish in the Northern and Far East sea basins, and will be fitted with powerful cargo cranes, a state of the art trawl complex and an automatic palletising system.