First all-electric autonomous container ship
Norwegian company Yara has teamed up with maritime technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first all-electric and autonomous container ship, which is set to hit the high seas late in 2018.
The hi-tech container ship, named Yara Birkeland, will carry chemicals and fertilizer from Yara’s Prosgrunn production plant to the nearby towns of Brevik and Larvik.
It will first operate as a manned vessel in 2018
before transitioning to remote operation in 2019
and fully autonomous control by 2020!
The ship will ensure a major reduction in NOx and CO2 emissions as the company shifts its product transportation from what previously required 40,000 truck journeys a year to this new, all-electric shipping pathway.
“With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of YARA.
On the autonomous side of things there are still plenty of pragmatic and regulatory barriers to overcome before there are fully robotic ships crossing the oceans. Norway is at the forefront of working through these issues with the The Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Coastal Administration last year signing an agreement designating the Trondheim fjord as the world’s first test area specifically for autonomous ships.
Kristin Nordal, Head of External Communications; YARA, Mobile: +4790015550
Gunvor Hatling Midtbø, VP Communication, Kongsberg Maritime AS, Mobile: +4799214209
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