konsberg have teamed up with norwegian chemical company YARA for the launch of the yara birkeland – the world’s first fully autonomous, zero-emissions ship. named after YARA’s founder, the famous scientist and innovator kristian birkeland, the vessel will be 100 percent electric. the ship will begin operation in 2018, shipping products from porsgrunn to to brevik and larvik in norway. set to be a real game-changer for maritime transport, the vessel will reduce NOx and CO2 emissions by reducing diesel-powered truck haulage by around 40,000 journeys per year. the eco-initiative will help to meet the UN sustainability goals, as well as improving road safety and congestion. 


the YARA birkeland will be world’s first zero-emissions ship

 

 

svein tore holsether, president and CEO of YARA explains the need for such an initiative, stating that ‘every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from YARA’s pprsgrunn plant to ports in brevik and larvik where we ship products to customers around the world. now, with this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we can move transport from road to sea. this reduces noise and dust emissions, improves the safety of local roads, not to mention reducing the negative impact on the environment.’


the ship will take to the seas in 2018

 

 

although the voyages will initially be manned, the duo intend for the vessel to only need be operated remotely by 2019, transitioning to complete autonomy by 2020. kongsberg is responsable for development of the key enabling technologies on YARA birkeland, including integrated sensors, communication and electrical systems that will allow the model to operate on its own when needed.


the YARA birkeland is expected to cut around 40,000 diesel-powered truck journeys per year

 

 

geir håøy, president and CEO of konsberg elaborates that ‘developing systems for autonomous operations is a major opening and natural step for KONGSBERG, considering our decades of expertise in the development and integration of advanced sensors, control and communication systems for all areas of ship operations. YARA Birkeland will set the benchmark for the application of innovative maritime technology for more efficient and environmentally friendly shipping.’


the ship will be manned initially, moving to autonomous functionality by 2020


kongsberg is responsable for integrating sensors into the ship


the YARA birkeland will be a real game-changer for marine transport

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