Yara Birkeland (earlier publish)—the world’s first battery- electrical container ship, ready for autonomous operation—has departed for its maiden voyage within the Oslo fjord. The autonomous ship will sail inside 12 nautical miles from the coast, between 3 ports in southern Norway.

We’re proud to have the ability to showcase the world’s first totally electrical and self-propelled container ship. It can minimize 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and substitute 40,000 journeys by diesel-powered vans a yr.

—Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara

The 120 TEU Yara Birkeland was developed in collaboration with the Kongsberg Group. The ship was constructed by VARD with monetary assist from Enova, and might be in industrial operation from 2022.

Kongsberg is accountable for growth and supply of all key enabling applied sciences together with the sensors and integration required for distant and autonomous ship operations, along with the electrical drive, battery and propulsion management programs.


For the primary section of the undertaking a removable bridge with tools for maneuvering and navigation has been applied (high). When the ship is prepared for autonomous operation this module might be lifted off (backside). Pictures: VARD

Loading and discharging might be performed mechanically utilizing electrical cranes and tools. The ship won’t have ballast tanks, however will use the battery pack as everlasting ballast.

The ship can be be geared up with an automated mooring system; berthing and unberthing might be performed with out human intervention, and won’t require particular implementations dock-side.

Now begins a two-year testing interval of the expertise that can make the ship self-propelled, and at last licensed as an autonomous, all-electric container ship.

To make sure security, three facilities with totally different operational profiles will deal with all points of operation. These facilities will deal with emergency and exception dealing with, situation monitoring, operational monitoring, choice assist, surveillance of the autonomous ship and its environment and all different points of security. An interface in direction of Yara logistical operation might be applied on the operational middle at Herøya.

The ship might be operated from Massterlys’ monitoring and operations middle in Horten. Massterly is a three way partnership between KONGSBERG and Wilhelmsen.

Enova, a Norwegian authorities enterprise accountable for promotion of renewable vitality, has allotted as much as NOK 133.5 million (US$15.2 million) to construct the primary electrical and autonomous container ship.

In parallel with the development of Yara Birkeland, Yara has initiated the event of inexperienced ammonia as an emission-free gas for delivery, by means of the newly began Yara Clear Ammonia.

Because the world’s largest producer of fertilizers, Yara depends on ammonia to make fertilizer, and to assist feed an ever-growing inhabitants. On the similar time, present ammonia manufacturing represents 2% of the world’s fossil vitality consumption. This corresponds to about 1.2% of the world’s complete greenhouse fuel emissions.