September 17 - Finnish shipping company Meriaura has added the 4,500 dwt general cargo vessel Steenbank to its fleet.
Meanwhile, Meriaura and UPM Logistics have signed a time charter agreement for the multipurpose ro-ro vessel Polaris VG, which Meriaura Group acquired from Reederei Lehmann in June 2015.
From January 2016, Polaris VG will trade mainly between Finland and Germany, carrying paper reels and other forestry products.
The Meriaura Group has also made a number staff changes, including the appointment of Hannu Laivoniemi as chartering manager. Laivoniemi previously served as country manager for Tschudi Logistics Finland.
Back in May, Meriaura project manager Xavier de Meulder left the company and has since founded his own company - Extramare - which aims to provide consultancy and project management services in the marine offshore, shipping and logistics sectors.
At VG Shipping - Meriaura's ship management arm - Thomas Friis has been appointed new crewing manager, while Ville Koskinen was named director of ship management.
"Despite the gloomy economic forecasts in our trading area, heavy project cargoes keep on moving," commented Meriaura vice managing director, Beppe Rosin in its quarterly newsletter.
"Although the market for bulk transports, as usual, was weak during the summer period, our project department has been very busy. Not only has Meri, our open deck carrier, had more business than in a long time, but the number of smaller project transports has also shown growth."