March 5 - Further to our report from August last year, STX Finland's Turku shipyard has launched the multipurpose deck cargo vessel which it has been building for Finnish company Gaiamare, for the transport of heavy deck cargo such as offshore wind farm s

Aura II (artists impression below) is 105.4m long and 18.8m wide, and is scheduled for delivery in late spring 2012. It will be classed by Bureau Veritas, at Ice Class 1A, and has been design for low environmental impact, being powered by Wartsila 6L20 medium speed engines capable of running on biofuels, in a diesel-electric plant.

"The building schedule for the vessel is tight. Test runs have already been started and the sea trial of the vessel is due in April. Intensive work onboard the launched ship continues", explains Turku Shipyard director Jari Anttila.