TURKU, Finland: Meriaura has signed five time charter agreements for a deck cargo carrier, two multipurpose heavylift dry cargo vessels and two traditional dry bulk carriers.
M/S Enough Talk is a deck cargo carrier of the same type and size as Meriaura’s deck cargo carriers Aura and Meri with a deadweight cargo capacity of 4,500 tons. The company says time chartering the vessel increases its cargo capacity for project cargo shipments in Northern Europe.
The multipurpose heavylift vessels M/S Antonia (pictured) and M/S Antje are equipped with two 160-tonne heavylift cranes and can carry 12,000 cubic metres of project cargo. The length of the ships enables the transport of larger wind turbine parts and blades.
“With these multipurpose vessels we seek efficiency and ability to combine bulk and project shipments in the Baltic and the North Sea. We have also increased the number of personnel in the project department,” said Beppe Rosin, Meriaura managing director.
“Even though we are investing in larger size and deck cargo class, by no means are we forgetting the smaller size tonnage that is important for many of our long-term customers,” he continued. “The new 3,900-tonne dry cargo vessels M/S Travetal and Alstertal represent the more traditional Meriaura vessel type and size.”
The Meriaura Group was founded by CEO Jussi Mälkiä in support of NGO activities and in 1993 expanded to include commercial business. In 2010 it began investing in the renewable energy sector and circular economy and today employs more than 250 people producing an annual turnover of over €55 million.