Fertilizer Company Launches Autonomous, Zero-Emission Vessel
In an effort to reduce its reliance on diesel trucks, Norway-based fertilizer company Yara International has developed the first autonomous, zero-emission cargo ship.
The Yara Birkeland is fully autonomous in piloting as well as port operations, allowing the vessel to dock, tether, and begin the cargo transfer process on its own.
Yara relies on diesel trucks to move products from its factory, totaling 40,000 trips per year. This new vessel will complete more immediate coastal journeys, reducing the need for fossil fuel-powered cargo transport.
Technology company Kongsberg developed the sensors and the electric powertrain and propulsion units, and is testing semi-autonomous technology with existing petrol boats when sailing from port to port.