Newsletter December 2015 - Merry Christmas!
Meriaura Seasons Greetings 2015

Meriaura – 30 years of Corporate Social Responsibility
– and the story goes on

Traditionally companies have been established for the principal purpose of generating profits for their shareholders. However, Meriaura’s story is different. Since its foundation, the company has pursued having a positive impact, through its business activities, on solutions regarding the environment and equality.

The 1980s was globally an era of strong economic growth. Balancing this growth with social and environmental responsibility, and harmonization of globalization into business were contemporary themes. The worst-case-scenarios of the Cold War nuclear arms race could be left behind. Climate change, the so-called “greenhouse effect” had been launched to broad public. Under these conditions, almost 30 years ago in 1986, Meriaura Ltd was set up with a strong ambition to develop sustainable transport and energy solutions.

Meriaura Group operates in a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency-related projects both on land and at sea. Developing and implementing new sustainable forms of residues-based energy are one of our ambitions. We have designed innovative ships, deck cargo carriers ‘Aura’ and ‘Meri’, as well as our newest ship concept, extremely energy-efficient VG EcoCoasterTM, which is an embodiment of all the above. Two EcoCoasters are currently under construction to be delivered summer/fall 2016.

Meriaura Group is also a significant employer regionally. Since the beginning of the company's history, we have given opportunities for people with no formal training to start in the maritime industry. Broad-minded attitude has opened up opportunities for many careers to develop, both on land and at sea.

Along with all this, we have carried 2-3 million tons of goods across Europe annually.

Today the world is changing and becoming more turbulent and restless, as we already predicted and feared in the 1980s. Therefore we decided to donate to charity the funds reserved for customers’ and partners’ gifts this year. We supported Cancer Foundation, Finn Church Aid refugee work and Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation for protecting the forests. We also donated a considerable sum for Åbo Akademi University for the research of bio and circular economy. Our annual calendar, which could already be called a tradition, we however decided to carry out in honor of our 30th year of operation that is about to begin.

On behalf of whole Meriaura team, I would like to thank you for the past year and wish peaceful Christmas time and a prosperous New Year 2016!

Jussi Mälkiä
President of Meriaura Group


Meriaura Chartering team

Experienced business developer to support further growth

Despite the occasionally tricky market, Meriaura is committed to keeping up the strong growth, which has been going on for several years. Together with increasing our vessel capacity, we are strengthening our expertise.  The latest member joining our organization is Jukkapekka Sutela, who started as Business Development Manager in early December.  “Jukkis” has a long experience from the recycling business, before signing for Meriaura he held the position of director of the ferrous division in Kuusakoski Ltd.  During his earlier career he has worked with chartering, thus he is familiar with shipping in general and Meriaura in particular. At this stage he will focus especially on the market for biofuels, other renewables and recycling materials but also handle daily bulk chartering issues.


Meriaura fleet 2016

Our dry-bulk fleet 2016


DWCC
CBFT
TBN
5800
300000
TBN
5800
300000
EcoCoaster 1 (TBN) 4800 214000
EcoCoaster 2 (TBN) 4800 214000
Antonia 4500 201400
Forest
4350
215000
Steenbank
4350
215000
Wave
4350
215000
Martta VG 3950 198800
Susanne 3850 198000
Capella
3600
200000
Delfin
3600
200000
Adele
3000
160000
Carina
3000
160000
Helene G
2950
167000
Nikar G
2950
167000
Baltic Carrier 2950 151000
Baltic Skipper 2950 151000
Nina
2550
130665
Aura looking for new opprtunities

Looking for new opportunities

As we all know, times are hard. Consequently my cable laying contract was terminated earlier than expected and that’s why my crew and I are looking for new opportunities. If you have some work in mind that would be suitable for me, please contact my boss Jussi Mälkiä.

Meanwhile I wish everybody Happy Holidays!

Aura & Crew


Our fleet of special purpose vessels 2016


DWCC
CBFT
Polaris VG 6350 396000 
Aura
4800

Meri
4800

Wind Servant
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