Trawler Fleet Base (PBTF) is the largest fishing company in the Russian
Far Eastern Region.
The predecessor of PBTF was Preobrazheniye Fish Factory founded in
January 1930. The backbone of the fishing craft of Fish Factory was
formed by 15 sailing scows, 3 motor sailers, and a picking store.
There were 276 working both on the shore and at sea. During the first
year of its operation, the company produced 1 million rubles worth
of marketable fish products.
1941 the fish processing plant was transformed into the Second
Seiner Branch of Primorrybprom. Its fleet consisted of 40 fishing
boats (kungas type) equipped with low-capacity engines and ten small
Black Sea seiners. Later Preobrazheniye received midsized trawlers
and big steamers refurbished as tenders that allowed the Company went
into the new fishing grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering
Sea. The employee staff grew up to 2 050 people.
The January 01 1977 Trawler Fleet Administration was transformed
into the trawler fleet base of Primorrybrom Production Association
that grew into one of the largest fishing companies of the Russian
Far East. The fishermen of Preobrazhenskaya Trawler Fleet Base were
engaged in the fishing expeditions all over the World Ocean. The Company
fleet had over 70 fishing and processing vessels. The employee team
grew up to 5.5 thousand people. Coastal fisheries were fast developing.
The vessels repaired in the own ship-repair plant.
On August 25 in 1980 Preobrazhenskaya Trawler Fleet Base has been
awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.
1992 PBTF became a Public JSC but due to unbalanced economic policies
of the state it could hardly escape bankruptcy. The number of its
fishing vessels went down twofold, the catch volumes shrank and the
shore processing did likewise, thousands of people remained jobless.
The improvements started in 1997 with the election of the new Board
of Directors. The new leaders have drafted efficient programs of financial
and economic reorganization and directed their main effort and assets
at the renewal of the fleet that was getting depleted, at the development
of the shore processing facilities and at opening new job positions.
In April 2000, according to the company's earlier placed order, at
one of the shipyards the freezer trawler/tender Preobrazheniye Bay
was launched. In recent years there have also been built a fish factory
and a plastic container shop; as a result, new job opportunities have
Preobrazhenskaya Trawler Fleet Base is a powerful integrated company
now with an own fishing, transportation and support fleet and a developed
shore infrastructure. Besides the ship repair plant, the motor vehicle
company, the refrigerator complex for 2.5 thousand tons production,
the shop for manufacturing fishing gear like nets, trawls and other
sea fishing woven gear, the berthing line with seven portal cranes,
it incorporates a whole range of subdivisions and daughter companies
that are self-sustained.
PBTF production potential is connected with its fishing fleet operating
in the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Japan and catching
Alaska pollock, Pacific herring, saury, salmon, flounder, Pacific
cod, halibut, squid, shrimp, crab, sea urchin and shellfish.
The range of goods supplied on the internal and external markets by
PBTF includes frozen fish products, fillet, roe, and fish meal.
In recent years the international linkages of PBTF have become stronger.
The Base set up business relations with the US business circles having
purchased in that state four small-capacity vessels for coastal fishing.
In Germany it procured the equipment for its new technological lines,
for repair and refurbishing of the fishing fleet. Engaged in traditional
suppliers of its production to China, Korea and Japan PBTF continues
growing its market geography.
Preobrazhenskaya Trawler Fleet Base is a regular participant of international
food industry shows held in Moscow and abroad. Recently it won the
contract after exporting first parties of sea delicacies to Greece
and Latvia. Germany is another customer.
For the coming several years the target of PBTF is not growing the
catch amounts but earning more profits due to deep processing of the
catch and the output of a broad range of accessible priced seafood.
Company runs several social programs: free catering in schools is
available, the veterans get bonuses in addition to theirpensions and
subsidies for medical drugs. PBTF supports the sole in the Primorsky
krai fisheries children summer camp and a sport school; it funds the
maintenance of social infrastructure facilities. Under the Company's
regular care is the settlement Art Center recognized among the best
in Primorsky krai.
Preobrazhenskaya Trawler Fleet Base Public JSC is the basic enterprise
in the settlement: more than 70 % of the population is working at