Yara Birkeland press kit

Yara Birkeland is the world's first autonomous and zero-emission container vessel. Ready for launch in 2020 at the earliest, Yara Birkeland will gradually move from manned operation to fully autonomous operation during its first two years of operation. Yara and technology company Kongsberg have teamed up to build this game-changing vessel. Replacing 40,000 truck journeys a year, Yara Birkeland will reduce NOx and CO2 emissions and improve road safety in a densely populated urban area in Norway.

Kristin Nordal
Kristin Nordal
Vice President Corporate Communications
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Vessel estimated key figures and facts

120 TEU Open Hatch Container Feeder - fully battery powered solution. Prepared for autonomous operation.
Yara Birkeland prototype
Yara Birkeland prototype

Main particulars

  • LOA 80 m
  • Beam 15 m

Depth 12 m

  • Draught (full) 6 m
  • Eco speed 6-7 knots
  • Max speed 13 knots


  • Cargo capacity 120 TEU
  • Deadweight 3200 mt


  • Azipull pods 2 x 1200 KW
  • Tunnel thrusters 2 x 700 KW


  • Capacity 7 MWh

Yara Birkeland vessel

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