The world’s first zero-emission, autonomous container feeder from Kongsberg and YARA will result in 40,000 fewer diesel-powered truck journeys per year.
In the container shipping world, many of the behemoth ships are fed by smaller feeders that move cargo from port to port by land and sea, often with heavily-polluting diesel emissions. The YARA Birkeland is a zero-emission, fully electric and autonomous solution to that problem. With a 7 to 9 MWh battery powering propulsion, the ship can carry up to 120 shipping containers at any one time. The vessel will cost $25 million, triple that of a conventional equivalent but, without the need for fuel or crew, it promises to cut annual operating costs by up to 90%. By taking trucks off the road, it will also contributes to safer, less-congested roads.