The world’s first fully electric and self-steering container ship, owned by Yara (YAR.OL), has debuted in Norway, where it is intended to replace 40,000 diesel-powered truck journeys every year.
The cargo ship plays its part in the country’s plans to clean up its industry. The plan is to use the ship to ferry chemicals and fertilizer from Yara’s production plant in Prosgrunn to nearby towns, making significant reductions in NOx and CO2 emissions by negating the need for diesel-powered truck transport. It will cut 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to 40,000 diesel-powered journeys by road.
The Yara Birkeland made a short, crewed trip to the capital of Oslo as part of its unveiling, with work to now begin on certifying it as an autonomous container vessel ahead of commencing commercial operations.
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