World’s First Autonomous Container Ship will save 1,000 tons of CO2 annually

MV Yara Birkeland is a self-propelled electric container ship with a cargo capacity of 120 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) manufactured by Yara and KONGSBERG.

This autonomous container ship belongs to Yara Group for transporting mineral fertilizers between Porsgrunn and Brevik.

World's First Autonomous Container Ship will save 1,000 tons of CO2 annually
Yara autonomous container ship

By road, they previously transported their stocks between Porsgrunn and Brevik by diesel trucks which require 40,000 trips per year. That much transportation resulted in a huge amount of air pollution, noise pollution, and other traffic problems.

As a remedy for this, the Yara group planned to transport their mineral fertilizers on an electric vessel by a sea voyage. That decision of the Yara group leads them to the creation of Yara Birkeland. 

In comparison with land transportation on diesel trucks, Yara Birkeland will save 1,000 tons of CO2 each year. 

This will reduce air pollution and noise pollution in caused by transportation in a far effective way and there are no worries about traffic problems

“We have been looking forward to this day for a long time, This is an excellent example of green transition in practice, and we hope this ship will be the start of a new type of emission-free container ship. There are a lot of places in the world with congested roads that will benefit from a high-tech solution like this,” 

said Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara.

This autonomous vessel has a 6.8 MWh (Megawatt Hour) onboard battery pack that could be able to generate 17 mph (28 kph).

On November 18th, Yara took its first crewed voyage involved with Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre from Horton to Oslo. 

Yara Birkeland can carry around 3,200 Tons of Dead Weight load. Currently, Yara Birkeland is going through a huge certification process for its Autonomous Navigation Technology.

 By the year 2022, they will start commercial operations.

Source : YARA

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