The first autonomous electric container ship

Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara and maritime technology firm Kongsberg are teaming up to build what they say will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container feeder ship. The vessel, to be named Yara Birkeland, is planned to start operation in 2018 as a manned vessel before moving to remote operation in 2019, and later to fully autonomous operation from 2020 onwards. It will cut emissions and boost road safety by removing up to 40,000 diesel-powered truck journeys per year.

“The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport, contributing to meet the United Nations’ sustainability goals,” the companies said.

Source:, 10 May 2017

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