Yara and technology company KONGSBERG have teamed up to build the world's first autonomous and zero-emission container vessel: Yara Birkeland
With this vessel, Yara will remove 40,000 diesel-powered truck journeys every year, and reduce NOx (Nitrogen oxide) and CO2 emissions, improve road safety, reduce road dust formation and traffic noise. The zero-emission vessel will transport mineral fertilizer from Yara's production plant in Porsgrunn, Norway to the regional export port in Brevik.
On the technical side, KONGSBERG is responsible for the development and delivery of all essential technologies at Yara Birkeland. This applies to the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, as well as electrical propulsion, battery and control systems.
Yara Birkeland was put into commercial operation in Porsgrunn in the spring of 2022. During the first to years of operation, the vessel will go through a gradual transition towards full autonomous sailing
Photo credits: Knut Brevik Andersen, Wilhelmsen Ship Service
On November 18, 2021, Yara Birkeland took its first and only trip to Oslo before it is put into operation.
After departing Horten in the morning, Yara Birkeland arrived in Oslo in the early evening of November 18th for partners to experience the ship first-hand and learn more about the process behind this great achievement.
You can experience some of the journey from Horten to Oslo in this video.
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