Friday, 12 May 2017 12:37

Plans for a zero-emission fully automated container ship

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Norwegian fertilizer producer, Yara, and maritime technology firm, Kongsberg Gruppe, are teaming up to build what they say will be the world’s first fully-electric and autonomous container feeder ship. The planned autonomous container feeder ship, to be named YARA Birkeland, will cut emissions from road transport when it starts shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to Norway’s Brevik and Larvik ports, the companies said. Brevik and Larvik ports are about 14 km and 26 km away from Porsgrunn respectively by road. The vessel is expected to reduce emissions and boost safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys per year.  YARA Birkeland will initially operate as a manned vessel before moving to remote operation in 2019, and later to fully-autonomous operations from 2020 onwards.

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