Norwegian companies YARA and KONGSBERG have agreed on a partnership to create the world’s first autonomous container vessel with zero emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere. It is reported by Humans At Sea.
“Named YARA Birkeland in honor of the founder of YARA, the famous scientist and innovator Christian Birkeland, the ship will be the world’s first fully electric container ship. The new vessel YARA will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2 and improve road safety, replacing annually up to 40 thousand truck trips in populated urban areas, ”the publication says.
The launch of the vessel is planned in the second half of 2018, it will deliver products from the YARA-owned fertilizer plant in Porsgrunn to the ports of Brevik and Larvik (all – Norway).
YARA Birkeland will initially operate as a manned ship, switching to remote control in 2019 and is expected to be able to carry out fully autonomous operations from 2020. The new zero-emission vessel will become a test site for global maritime transport, contributing to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals agreement.
“Every day, more than 100 diesel truck trips are required to transport products from the Porsgrunn plant to the ports of Brevik and Larvik, from which we ship products to customers around the world. Thanks to this new autonomous battery powered container ship, we move vehicles from roads to the sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads and reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2, ”says Svein Tore Holzer, President and CEO of YARA.
Yara International ASA is a Norwegian company, one of the world’s largest suppliers of mineral fertilizers. The company’s main area of activity is the production of nitrogen fertilizers, but it also covers the production of nitrates, ammonia, urea and other nitrogen-based chemicals. Yara enterprises are located in almost 50 countries of the world, the volume of production exceeds 20 million tons of fertilizers per year. The largest shareholder of the company is the government of Norway – 36.2% of the shares, institutional investors own 30.34%.
Kongsberg Gruppen ASA is a Norwegian company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-tech weapons and equipment.