Zero-emission, crewless cargo ship begins its maiden voyage this year
The Yara Birkeland, the world’s first zero-emissions, crewless cargo ship, will set sail before the end of the year, according to Norwegian business Yara International.
Media said Wednesday that the ship will be watched from three onshore data control centers as it travels between two Norwegian ports.
The totally electric container ship is intended to cut emissions in the shipping industry, which currently accounts for 2.5 to 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The crewless cargo ship was designed in 2017 and is capable of carrying 103 containers at speeds of up to 13 knots.
The COVID-19 pandemic and logistical issues delayed Yara Birkeland’s debut, which was initially slated for 2020.
Yara International said in a press release in November, “Innovation projects come with uncertainties and challenges.”
“In particular, the autonomous logistics on land that have proven to be a challenge for the project.”
“The construction of the ship has been done according to plan with slight delays, including the fitting of the battery, control and navigation systems, for the autonomous logistics on land the project team continues to look for simplified solutions to this.”
The crewless ship follows the launch of an autonomous ferry, in Finland in 2018.
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