Ahoy – the autonomous, emission-free ship
February 8, 2018
15:00 - 15:30
In 2020, an unusual ship is due to set sail from Norway. The Birkeland is a container ship which operates autonomously and is powered entirely by electricity. It is likely to be a world premiere.
The Norwegian fertilizer manufacturer Yara normally requires 40,000 truck journeys per year to transport its products to the seaport. The problem is that on the 15 km route, these diesel trucks drive past small idyllic villages and towns, polluting the air and making a lot of noise.
This is due to change. The Birkeland will be the first fully electric, self-propelled container ship. “With this autonomous, battery-operated container ship, we are moving transport from the road to the sea, reducing noise, NOx and CO2 emissions and increasing safety on local roads,” says Yara managing director Svein Tore Holsether.