Welcome to Meriaura
Meriaura is currently undergoing a phase of rapid growth and development,
and we expect the coming year to be an eventful one. We are happy to introduce
an e-newsletter, in order to provide regular updates to our customers, partners
and other stakeholders. Our intention is to keep the mailings at a
moderate level, sending only approx. 3-4 letters per year, and
informing about changes in our fleet, personnel, services and other things
related to our business.
We would also very much appreciate feedback from our readers. I myself
quite recently started my employment with Meriaura, and I would be happy to
hear your comments and suggestions on how we could develop our future service
package. You are welcome to contact either me or your familiar contact
person in Meriaura.
As a busy year once again draws to a close and we are heading towards
Christmas, I would on behalf of the entire Meriaura crew like to thank all our
customers and partners for the cooperation, and wish you and your families a
peaceful and relaxing holiday. We look forward to a new year, and to keeping up
the good work together.
Strong growth in capacity for 2015
Thanks to continued successful cooperation with our long-standing customers
and due to the positive fact that we managed to achieve new contracts as well,
we have decided to expand our fleet for next year significantly. Our
capacity in dry bulk cargo will increase by about 30% compared to 2014.
Simultaneously our fleet will undergo a regeneration, since two of our faithful
old servants MV Thule and MV Nedland will be replaced with considerably younger
tonnage. As of January our bulk fleet will include 16 dry bulk cargo vessels in
the range of 2550 – 5200 dwcc, the combined capacity of the bulk fleet reaching
59250 dwcc (total 75000 dwcc incl. our special purpose vessels). The entire
fleet will be converted to run on MGO in order to meet the SECA regulations
which come into effect in 2015.
Aline and Elise, two vessels built in Holland in 2006 and 2007, joined our fleet in
December. With these identical sister vessels we enter a slightly bigger
segment. Having an excellent cubic/dwcc ratio, Aline and Elise are very
competitive performers for low stowing cargoes.
Delfine and Capella, both dwcc 3600, will start trading for Meriaura from
the beginning of January. These 1999 built sister vessels will replace
Thule and Susanne, of which Thule has left our fleet, and Susanne is employed
on a long term TC-contract.
The 2001 built
sister vessels Nikar G and Helen G, dwcc 2950, will provide awaited additional
capacity to our smallest vessel size. Besides being useful for many of our COA
cargoes these ladies are able to trade at Lake Saimaa.