All-electric autonomous shipping container set to sail by 2020
NORWAY —Two Norwegian companies have teamed up to build the world’s first all-electric, autonomous container ship.
Norwegian company Yara and maritime technology company Kongsberg have said the vessel will be ready by late 2018, according the New Atlas.
The state-of-the-art ship will transport chemicals and fertilizers from a Yara production plant to nearby towns.
The plan is for the boat to first be operated by a crew in 2018, before transitioning into remote operations in 2019 and then fully autonomous by 2020.
By transitioning to an all-electric shipping pathway, Yara can cut down 40,000 truck deliveries a year, which translates into reductions in nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions.
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