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Autonomous e-container ship YARA BIRKELAND on the way to Norway - the final construction will be postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19

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ON THE HOOK OF THE AMBER II TUG, THE YARA BIRKELAND IS BROUGHT FROM VARD WERFT, BRAILIA, ROMANIA TO VARD WERFT, BRATTVÅGEN, NORWAY, FOR FINAL EQUIPMENT.

The hull of the Yara Birkeland is expected in Norway on May 17th. The completion and installation of the autonomous equipment from Kongsberg Maritime was planned there.

Norwegian media are now reporting that this project will also be a victim of the pandemic and will not go into service this year as planned.

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THE YARA BIRKELAND WILL BE THE WORLD'S FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC AND AUTONOMOUS CONTAINER SHIP WITH NO EMISSIONS. 

KONGSBERG is responsible for the development and delivery of all key technologies, including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous ship operations, as well as the electrical propulsion, battery and propulsion control systems.

An open container ship with 120 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). It will be a fully battery powered solution prepared for autonomous and unmanned operation. 

The ship will reduce NOx and CO2 emissions by reducing diesel-powered truck transportation by around 40,000 trips a year. 

This eco-initiative will help achieve the United Nations' sustainability goals and improve road safety and congestion.

A removable bridge with maneuvering and navigation devices will be implemented for the first phase of the project. When the ship is ready for autonomous operation, this module is lifted off.

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS

  • Length above: 79.5 m

  • Length pp: 72.4 m

  • Width mld .: 14.8 m

  • Depth protection deck: 10.8 m

  • Draft (full): 6 m

  • Draft (ballast): 3 m

  • Service speed: 6 knots

  • Top speed: 13 knots

  drive

  • Drive system: Electric

  • Propeller: 2 azimuth capsules

  • Engines: 2 tunnel engines

  • Battery: 7 - 9 MWh

  Proximity sensors

  • Radar

  • To deal

  • AIS

  • camera

  • IR Camera

  CONNECTIVITY AND COMMUNICATION

  • Maritime broadband radio

  • Satellitenkommunikation

  • GSM

LOADING / UNLOADING / MOUNTING

The loading and unloading is done automatically with electric cranes and devices. The ship will not have ballast tanks, but will use the battery as permanent ballast.

The ship will also be equipped with an automatic mooring system - the mooring and unloading takes place without human intervention and does not require any special implementations at the port.

YARA is a worldwide leading manufacturer of fertilizers, since 1905 with more than 16,000 employees with locations in 60 countries, including in Germany.

YARA MARINE is also a leading manufacturer of scrubbers for the maritime sector.