Norwegian fertiliser firm; Yara International has launched an electric and autonomous container ship, named Yara Birkeland, to support green shipping.
The new vessel is said to be the world’s first such ship and completed its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord.
It is expected to annually reduce 1,000t of carbon emissions as well as replace 40,000 trips taken by diesel-driven trucks.
The emission-free ship will commence commercial operations from next year.
Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether said: “We have been looking forward to this day for a long time. Yara Birkeland will transport mineral fertiliser between Porsgrunn and Brevik and will contribute to significant emission cuts during transport.
“This 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 ships. There are a lot of places in the world with congested roads that will benefit from a high-tech solution like this.”
The ship will now undergo a two year testing period of the technology, after which it will receive the certification of an autonomous, all-electric container ship.
Developed in partnership with Kongsberg Group, Yara Birkeland was constructed by Vard with $14.97m of financial aid from Enova.
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