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Meriaura lays out new carbon neutral concept

Finnish shipowner Meriaura Group has started the preparation and design of a transport concept that targets 100% carbon neutrality by 2024. The concept is based on hybrid propulsion that combines sustainably produced bio-oil and battery technology. In addition, the aim is to automate the entire cargo handling process.

“Meriaura Group’s goal is to launch in 2024 the first transportation concept based on renewable energy since the era of large sailing ships,” said Jussi Mälkiä, president of Meriaura Group.

The concept takes into account the entire transport chain. Details and commercial operating model are in process and under development. The concept is designed especially for lake, canal and sea feeder traffic, and the plan is to pilot it in lake Saimaa in in southeastern Finland. The Saimaa canal locks are being extended and the size of the new concept vessel corresponds to the new maximum dimensions.

Founded in 1986 by Mälkiä first for supporting environmental NGOs, Meriaura moved into the tug business then into dry bulk in the 1990s. Today the group’s fleet numbers 17 shortsea general cargo ships. 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Sam , very interesting article, would be interested in how Meriaura is intending to produce the Bio oil.
    Trydan Cyf also has an interest, in bio oil from plastic waste.
    We see bio oil through pyolysis as providing a funding source, for our Electric heavy truck project.
    Plastic – pyrolysis – generation – grid – funds

    Funds – E-trucks – haul waste – proof – sales

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