Final Design Of Autonomous, All-Electric Container Vessel — Yara Birkeland —
September 30th, 2017  James Ayre

Testing the YARA Birkeland
Autonomous ship model tank testing
YARA Birkeland zero emission autonomous cargo e-ship

The final design of the all-electric, autonomous container ship known as the
Yara Birkeland has now been completed, and testing has commenced at SINTEF
Ocean’s 80 metre test tank facility in Trondheim, Norway.

Accompanying this announcement, the Norwegian government enterprise known as
ENOVA revealed that it will be providing support to the project in the form
of a NOK 133 million ($16.7 million) financial contribution.

While a full-scale version of the new design has yet to be revealed
(obviously), the recent announcement was accompanied by the reveal of a
6-meter long, 2.4-ton model. The ship itself is expected to be delivered and
to begin testing and operations in early 2019, with fully autonomous
functioning expected to begin in 2020.

Once in operation, the Yara Birkeland will displace the equivalent of 40,000
semi truck trips from Yara’s Porsgrunn fertiliser plant in southern Norway
to the ports of Brevik and Larvik — and will thus curtail substantial
greenhouse gas emissions.

The press release provides more: “Following the announcement in May, the
vessel has been designed at Norwegian design and engineering company Marin
Teknikk. A cutting edge six meter long and 2.4 tons model of the final
design using technology destined for the real ship, including a fully
working thruster system from KONGSBERG, will now undergo comprehensive
testing at SINTEF Ocean before construction of the full-scale vessel starts.
The decision of where the vessel is to be built will be decided and
disclosed by the end of 2017.”

The President and CEO of KONGSBERG, Geir Håøy, commented on the news:
“Initial tests of the model were successful, proving both concept and the
technology. The testing at SINTEF Ocean marks an important milestone in the
development. This vessel is important for the entire maritime industry, and
Yara deserves praise for their initiative and commitment. Yara Birkeland is
the start of a major contribution to fulfilling national and international
environmental impact goals, and will be a global milestone for seaborne

KONGSBERG itself will be providing the Yara Birkeland’s electric drive,
battery systems, propulsion control systems, and autonomous system sensors.
[© Sustainable Enterprises Media]

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