Finland’s Meriaura Group is preparing its first carbon-neutral transport concept
The plan is based around a new vessel that uses hybrid propulsion, combining biofuel produced sustainably and battery technology, while automating cargo handling and increasing digitalisation.
Meriaura Group president Jussi Mälkiä said “In 2024, Meriaura Group’s goal is to launch the first transportation concept based on renewable energy since the era of large sailing ships.”
The group said the concept will take the entire transport chain into account but did not disclose the specific details and commercial operating model, noting only that they are “in process and under development.”
The project is focused specifically for lake, canal and sea feeder traffic with a pilot scheme planned to operate in Lake Saimaa where canal locks are being extended and the size of the new vessel will correspond to the new Saimax dimensions.
“Lake Saimaa is a perfect pilot area for our concept. The region’s strong and progressive industry needs a clear transport route, which will be made possible by the extension of the canal locks. A cost-effective and environmentally friendly transport chain is needed to ensure the vitality of the Saimaa region,” said Mr Mälkiä.
The project combines lessons learned from the group’s previous biofuel projects and aims to achieve full greenhouse gas neutrality by utilising electric propulsion based on renewable energy and batteries.
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