The world’s first autonomous and zero-emission ship was handed over to Yara from the Norwegian shipyard Vard Brattvåg.
The vessel will undergo testing for container loading and stability before the ship will sail to a port and test area in Horten for further preparations for autonomous operation.
Yara Birkeland is an example of Yara’s ambition to innovate and find climate-friendly solutions which can be commercialized.
However, innovation projects come with uncertainties and challenges. In particular, the autonomous logistics on land 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.
Yara’s goal is to complete the project and bring the emission-free ship into commercial operation. Different ownership models or partnerships will be evaluated for operation and commercialization.
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and Kongsberg Maritime have entered into an agreement where MacGregor will deliver an automated mooring system for the world’s first autonomous container ship, Yara Birkeland. This will enable mooring operations to be undertaken without human intervention and supports the effective operation of the fully electric, zero-emission vessel…Click here to read the full story.