VG-Shipping Ltd. (part of Meriaura Group) is growing its fleet by acquiring two 4100 DWT dry cargo vessels. The 1997 and 1998 built vessels are sisters of M/S Martta VG, a vessel that already belongs to the VG-Shipping fleet. The ships are 89.8 meters long, 13.6 meters wide, low-consumption, 1A ice classed ships, suitable for shipments in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.
13.09.2018 Meriaura expands into a new vessel segment
Meriaura Ltd. has signed a long-term contract with Aalto Shipping Company Ltd of time chartering dry cargo vessel ’Airisto’. M/V Airisto’s capacity is 8700 tonnes and 12700 cubic meters. She is significantly larger than the vessels operated by Meriaura until now.
20.06.2018 Meriaura reports carbon footprint
Meriaura starts reporting CO2 emissions of each voyage performed. The reports are issued with Fleetrange, an IoT based optimizing tool for operational awareness, that has been in use at Meriaura since 2017. Meriaura has been the piloting partner in developing the optimizing tool together with Fleetrange.
In 2016, Fortum decided to demolish the out-dated coal-fired power plant in Inkoo, and the first phase of the plan was put into action in 2017.
07.01.2018 Multipurpose vessel Aura’s 10th anniversary
Meriaura’s deck cargo carrier Aura’s 10th anniversary was celebrated in January. Aura was built at Remontowa Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland and was delivered to Meriaura on January 7 in 2008. Aura was the first newbuilding for Meriaura Group.
15.12.2017 VG-Shipping and Gaiamare merger 1.1.2018
The ship owning companies in Meriaura Group, VG-Shipping Oy and Oy Gaiamare Ab, are merging on January 1st 2018. The merger decision is based on improving efficiency, simplifying corporate structure and responding to the tightening market conditions.
Aura Mare Oy, part of Meriaura Group, has rented a part of the Tahkoluoto harbor in Pori. The rented area covers quayside of about 5,000 m2 and a field storage space of 10,000 m2. A ten-meter-deep fairway leads to the 145 meters long pier. EcoPorts Finland Oy, part of the same group, acts as the operator in the port, providing also forwarding and ship agency services.
What happens to ocean liners at the end of their lifecycle? Until now, these ships have been demolished in India or Bangladesh, where working conditions are not always as they should be. As EU regulation tightens, ships that have sailed under EU Member State flags must undergo certified demolition within the EU, that is sustainable for the environment and people. However, there are no demolition sites for large ocean liners, longer than 100 meters.
Open deck cargo carriers 'Meri' and 'Aura' have been equipped with SYKE'S mobile, container based research facilities. The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute SMHI are performing marine research with the vessels while the research vessel Aranda is under conversion.
05.07.2017 M/v Nina sold to new owners
Archipelago Lines Ltd. has sold m/v Nina to Rinaland Shipping Ltd. The name of the vessel will be changed to m/v ‘Rinaland’ and flag to Latvia. Meriaura continues timechartering the vessel with the new Owners and this change will not affect Meriaura’s customers or chartering of the vessel.
Elisa Mikkolainen, 50, M.Soc.Sc. (Econ.), MBA, has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Meriaura Group. She will be responsible for maritime logistics as well as technical and crewing management. She will begin in her new position 17 July 2017.
21.04.2017 Breakbulk Europe 2017
Meriaura will participate in Breakbulk Europe 2017 event at April 24-26, 2017 in Antwerp. Welcome to meet us at our stand 301H2! Breakbulk Europe 2017 is the largest exhibition & educational forum in Europe addressing the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logistics professionals.
30.11.2016 EcoCoaster nr II m/v 'Mirva VG' delivered
M/s 'Mirva VG', the second one of the two VG EcoCoaster newbuildings Meriaura has ordered from Royal Bodewes, was delivered today to Owners in Eemshaven. 'Mirva VG' will sail to Rostock where she will load her first cargo of wind turbine blades to Raahe, Finland.
Earlier this year, Meriaura was awarded the transport contract by Aibel AS. The contract includes several transportations of the DSM (Drilling Support Module) sections from Poland to Norway, being part of the development of Johan Sverdrup Drilling platform project. All shipments are expected to be completed by the end of February 2017.
05.09.2016 Meriaura 30 years
Meriaura Group’s journey began 30 years ago in 1986. We celebrated our birthday with many clients and other partners on the 2nd of September in Turku. The party was held at Sigyn Hall by the Aura river, that is exactly the place where the company was founded 30 years ago.
MV Aura will return to our operation as from May 2016 onwards. MV Aura is currently dry docked in Munkebo Denmark, where she is converted back to her original shape and condition, namely to a multi-purpose open deck and heavy cargo carrier. The conversion is scheduled to be completed by the end of April. Aura will maintain its dynamic positioning capabilities as a DP2 vessel.
14.01.2015 Meriaura Group orders two newbuildings
Meriaura Group is strengthening its position at shipping market by expanding its fleet, and has entered into a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for building two 4700DWT VG EcoCoasterTM general cargo vessels. The contract for two newbuildings was signed in Turku in December. The delivery of the first vessel is due at the end of July, 2016 and the second will follow three months later.
Meriaura performed yet another challenging project transportation as the open-deck carrier M/V Meri carried on her deck a flexible pipelaying tower manufactured by IHC Merwede from Port of Tyne to Rotterdam in late July.
Read Jussi Mälkiäs article 'Baltic short sea shipping - a strategy for survival' on the latest special issue of BRE: Competitiveness of the Maritime Clusters in the Baltic Sea Region
10.06.2013 S/y Sarema to the Northeast passage
S/y Sarema has started her journey towards the Northeast passage from Turku 9th of June. We were present to wish them all the success for the future adventure. Sarema is about to sail around the world, starting and ending her journey in Alaska. Her Arctic exploration is sponsored by Meriaura Group.
04.03.2013 Change of Management in Meriaura
Jussi Mälkiä, Chairman of the Board, will continue as Managing Director from this moment on. Sales Manager Sari Virtanen has been appointed as Vice Managing Director. Tuomas Wikström and Riinu Walls will remain in charge of chartering of the dry bulk vessels.
During 2012 Meriaura has put an effort in developing its quality management system and in October 2012 Lloyds Register Quality Assurance granted an ISO 9001:2008 quality certificate to Meriaura Ltd.
07.08.2012 Wind Servant's first voyage
Aura Mare Ltd has received delivery of the CTV Wind Servant on 6th August 2012. Directly after delivery, the vessel continued onforth with Meriaura commercial management to Pori to participate in the Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy offshore wind turbine annual overhaul.
On Tuesday 5 June 2012, the naming ceremony of the multipurpose deck cargo vessel built for Gaiamare Ltd was performed at STX Turku Shipyard. Godmother of the vessel, Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen, christened the ship, given her the name “Meri”.