Meriaura Group stops using bottled water on its vessels to reduce waste

By 17.12.2020No Comments

Meriaura Group intends to stop using bottled water on its vessels as part of the company’s Zero Waste Fleet program. During autumn 2020 the company has installed drinking water dispensers on its dry cargo vessels. At sea, drinking water is very commonly purchased in bottles, partly out of habit, but also for hygiene reasons, as ships’ tank water does not always meet hygiene requirements.  Vessels operating in the tramp market constantly visit various ports around the Baltic and North Seas, and the quality of tank water varies depending on where the vessel’s tanks are filled. Plastic bottles are a significant single source of plastic waste generated on ships. Thanks to the activated carbon filter system and drinking water dispensers installed on Meriaura Group’s vessels, the crew will be able to drink tank water, and bottled drinking water no longer needs to be purchased.

“Unitor’s drinking water dispensers installed on our ships keep the drinking water cool, and water quality is tested regularly. We hope that other shipping companies will follow our example; this is an easy way to significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste generated onboard,” says Ville Koskinen, Managing Director of VG-Shipping Oy. “Baltic Sea protection has played an important role in our actions over the past year, both through our onboard waste reduction program, and the gypsum treatment project performed by Meriaura,” Koskinen continues.

Crew members will receive drinking bottles so that single use plastic bottles are no more needed onboard. 


For more information please contact:

Thomas Friis, Development Manager, Meriaura Group   tel. +358 40 705 39 39

Ville Koskinen, Managing Director, VG-Shipping Ltd.  tel. +358 40 584 81 79


A year ago, Meriaura Group launched a project for minimizing the environmental footprint of its fleet and protecting the seas. The goal of the project is to create standards for all ships on practices for reducing consumption and waste, increasing recycling and reuse of material, minimizing food waste and directing meals to a more environmentally and climate-friendly direction, and better and more efficient wastewater treatment. As the first action of the project, the Meriaura Group instructed its vessels not to release any grey and black waters into the sea, even though this would still be possible within the framework of the legislation, and thus unfortunately still happens in the fragile  Baltic Sea.