Deck cargo carrier 'Aura'
returning to Meriaura fleet
We are happy to announce that our 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.
When delivered, in 2008, MV Aura, was originally designed to meet the
demand for ice-classed vessels able to carry heavy project cargoes, especially
steel sections for the ship building industry. The design turned out to be very
successful and gradually the scope of work expanded to other demanding heavy
project cargoes e.g. harbor cranes, wind farm components, and steel
structures for the oil- and gas offshore industry.
In 2012 Aura was converted to a cable laying vessel and chartered on
a long time contract by the German company Norddeutsche Seekablelwerke GmbH. MV
Meri, the sister vessel to MV Aura, was delivered the same year and she was
dedicated to the trade that was built up by Aura. The cable laying engagement
ended in February 2016 where after we decided to convert her back to her
original shape. The conversion is scheduled to be completed by the end of
Aura will maintain its dynamic positioning capabilities as a DP2 vessel.
We see it as a
great advantage being able to offer two, more or less identical vessels for
heavy project transports. By doubling the capacity, we look forward to provide
even better customer service and flexibility in the future. Furthermore the
arrangement enables bidding for even bigger project entities and more distant
locations. Please let us know your need regarding heavy transports –
together we´ll find a smooth and cost-effective solution.
Wishing you warm and sunny spring time,
What's going on with VG EcoCoaster®
The two 4700 dwt VG EcoCoaster dry cargo carriers ordered by Meriaura Group, ms ‘Eeva VG’ and
ms ‘Mirva VG’, are under construction at Partner Stoznian shipyard in Szczecin.
Both vessels have been launched and steel work, painting and outfitting is
continuing on quay. Vessels will be town for equipping to Royal Bodewes
dockyard in Papenburg Germany, Eeva VG on week 15 and Mirva VG six weeks later. First vessel will be delivered to Meriaura by the end
of summer and second one in autumn 2016.
What makes the Coasters ”Eco”?
The fundament of design on EcoCoasters has been to minimize environmental
strain, with various environmentally friendly solutions adapted into
shipbuilding process. The basic idea is to optimize the vessels for open seas
when operating on relatively low speed, and simultaneously decrease the daily fuel
consumption to half compared to a conventional vessel of similar type. This is
accomplished by designing hull shape optimal for low speed and optimizing the
main engine solely for open sea operations. Requisite Ice power is gained from
auxiliary engines for propeller by PTI system/setup. Another significant
feature is the possibility to use bio fuel on main engine. The main engine is
1650kW ABC (Anglo Belgian Corporation), specially equipped for bio fuel adapted
fuel system. In addition there are two separate independent systems for fuel
storage and handling, one for bio fuel and one for diesel fuel. The main engine
has a catalytic converter which enables very low levels of NOX emissions.
Environmental strain is also lessen with non-toxic Ecospeed paint on vessels’
frame/body without utilizing antifouling paint. Furthermore, a ballast water
treatment to hinder foreign biota from spreading is installed on the vessels.
We are now looking for professional sea personnel for the brand new EcoCoaster-vessels
We will employ 28-32 seamen on the two VG EcoCoaster sister vessels.
Positions onboard and STCW codes:
|Chief Mate II/2
|Watchkeeping officer II/1
|Able Seaman II/4 III/4
|Watchkeeping rating II/4 III/4
|Chief Engineer less than 3000 III/3 or Second Engineer III/2
||Ship's cook & rating II/4
For more information about
- the positions please contact our Crewing Manager Thomas Friis.
You can leave your application here.
vessels and their technique please contact Director Ismo Saaros.
- chartering the EcoCoasters please contact Vice Managing Director Beppe Rosin.