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Yara and Kongsberg announced all-electric and autonomous cargo ships

Tinuku ~ The world's first all-electric and autonomous cargo vessel is scheduled to be operational by 2018. A world's largest cargo ship is polluting comparable to millions of passenger cars, now Yara International and Kongsberg Gruppen announce the use of carbon-zero and autonomous cargo ships.

Tinuku Yara and Kongsberg announced all-electric and autonomous cargo ships

Norwegian chemical company Yara International in collaboration with Kongsberg Gruppen announces the operation of an electric and autonomous cargo ship. An important step to realize the concept of an all-electric and new autonomous cargo vessel that is planned to operate soon next year.

Diesel fuel diesel burned in the sea has a very high sulfur content and in the future the world's transportation industry needs to switch to environmentally friendly battery powered. Kongsberg prepares the battery system, electric drive, and all components for autonomous navigation.

"With Yara Birkeland we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara.

“As a leading global fertilizer company with a mission to feed the world and protect the planet, investing in this zero emission vessel to transport our crop nutrition solutions fits our strategy well. We are proud to work with Kongsberg to realize the world’s first autonomous, all-electric vessel to enter commercial operation,” Holsether says.

This latest innovative project will gradually replace large fossil-powered cargo ships with renewable energy. Yara financed the project to use the first vessel for the Porsgrunn factory trasport route to ports in Brevik and Larvik.

Currently more than 100 diesel trucks travel daily and the vessel will be able to replace them with a zero-emission solution. They are ready to move very quickly to take the necessary steps to realize the project.

Pilot electric vessel projects for Porsgrunn and Brevik routes in the second half of 2018, then longer travel routes in more remote areas by 2019, and the use of fully autonomous ships began in 2020.

“By moving container transport from land to sea, Yara Birkeland is the start of a major contribution to fulfilling national and international environmental impact goals. The new concept is also a giant step forward towards increased seaborne transportation in general,” says Geir Håøy, President and CEO of Kongsberg.


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