A new zero emission ship hits the waters with plans to have it fully autonomous by 2020

Fertilizer company Yara and technology company Kongsberg, both Norwegian, partnered to produce the world’s first emissions free and autonomous cargo ship called the Yara Birkeland, named after Yara’s founder.

The companies plan to use cargo ship to transport fertilizer between Yara’s production plant in Porsgrunn to Brevik and Larvik. By adding this all-electric ship to Yara’s shipment fleet, the vessel eliminates the pollution put out by 40,000 diesel trucks journeys each year. The ship will also have the equipment to efficiently unload and reload cargo once it arrives to port.

The Yara Birkeland starts as a manned vessel during the second half of 2018, transitioning to remote operation by 2019, and in 2020 it will have full autonomous capabilities.

Yara Birkeland

Fertilizer company Yara and technology company Kongsberg, both Norwegian, partnered to produce the world’s first emissions free and autonomous cargo ship called the Yara Birkeland, named after Yara’s founder.

The companies plan to use cargo ship to transport fertilizer between Yara’s production plant in Porsgrunn to Brevik and Larvik. By adding this all-electric ship to Yara’s shipment fleet, the vessel eliminates the pollution put out by 40,000 diesel trucks journeys each year. The ship will also have the equipment to efficiently unload and reload cargo once it arrives to port.