Meriaura Group and its partners Aker Arctic Technology Inc and Foreship Ltd. have designed a new ship concept. VG EcoCoaster™ is an extremely energy efficient dry cargo carrier, capable of using alternative fuels, EcoFuel. The new vessels will meet all the maritime environmental regulations coming into force in next few years, and in many cases will even exceed them. Meriaura Group has entered into a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for building two 4700DWT VG EcoCoaster™ general cargo vessels. The delivery of the first vessel is due at the end of July, 2016 and the second will follow three months later.
VG EcoCoaster™ is designed to cause considerably less environmental impact than conventional dry cargo vessels. The hull and machinery of the newbuildings are optimized to the speed of 10,5 knots in open water conditions. Power required for Ice Class 1A is achieved by a diesel electric driven booster unit. The aim is to almost halve the fuel consumption compared to conventional dry cargo vessels of similar type and size, and therefore also cut emissions remarkably. The vessels will be equipped with a dual fuel system, main engine ABC 8DZC being suitable for biofuel and MGO. Biofuel for the vessels is produced in VG-Shipping’s (part of Meriaura group) own refinery located in Uusikaupunki.