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Meriaura participates in building a sustainable ocean liner demolition industry in Finland

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Meriaura is participating in a new ‘Ship Recycling’ project for starting ocean liner demolition industry in Finland. The project has been launched by Tekes in cooperation with a consortium of four Finnish companies. The first pilot demolition project is currently under discussion and is planned to begin in late 2017.

So far most ocean liners are taken apart outside of the EU, for example in India or Bangladesh, where working conditions are sometimes questionable. The EU legislation will tighten, and in the future ships sailing under an EU flag have to be dismantled inside the borders of the EU. At the moment there is a lack of docks dismantling huge ocean liners within the EU area. Turku repair yard in Naantali that is participating in the project, would be suitable for ships up to 280 meters of length.

Meriaura’s part in the project is to acquire the ships to be demolished and bring them to the dry dock. Other partners, Delete and Industrial and Ship Cleaning Services Hans Langh will remove any hazardous waste and dismantle the vessels, while Meriaura will sell and transport the steel waste for recycling. A single ship weighs thousands of tons and up to 90 percent of this is recyclable material. 

“It is unethical to dump vessels to Asia where even lives are lost in the harsh working conditions. I believe that we can do this better and much more sustainably. This would also create new jobs to Turku area”, says Jussi Mälkiä, President of Meriaura Group.

Meriaura participates in building a sustainable ocean liner demolition industry in Finland

Meriaura is participating in a new ‘Ship Recycling’ project for starting ocean liner demolition industry in Finland. The project has been launched by Tekes in cooperation with a consortium of four Finnish companies. The first pilot demolition project is currently under discussion and is planned to begin in late 2017.

So far most ocean liners are taken apart outside of the EU, for example in India or Bangladesh, where working conditions are sometimes questionable. The EU legislation will tighten, and in the future ships sailing under an EU flag have to be dismantled inside the borders of the EU. At the moment there is a lack of docks dismantling huge ocean liners within the EU area. Turku repair yard in Naantali that is participating in the project, would be suitable for ships up to 280 meters of length.

Meriaura’s part in the project is to acquire the ships to be demolished and bring them to the dry dock. Other partners, Delete and Industrial and Ship Cleaning Services Hans Langh will remove any hazardous waste and dismantle the vessels, while Meriaura will sell and transport the steel waste for recycling. A single ship weighs thousands of tons and up to 90 percent of this is recyclable material. 

“It is unethical to dump vessels to Asia where even lives are lost in the harsh working conditions. I believe that we can do this better and much more sustainably. This would also create new jobs to Turku area”, says Jussi Mälkiä, President of Meriaura Group.