The first electric unmanned freighter debuts in Norway

The first electric unmanned freighter debuts in Norway
Ships with zero emissions and zero crews may soon be realized! According to a recent report by the physicist organization network, the world's first fully automated unmanned freighter was unveiled in Norway. This is an important step taken by the marine transportation industry in the field of emission reduction.
Recently, the long-delayed "Yara Birkland" freighter transported 120 containers full of fertilizers from a factory in Norway to a port 12 kilometers away. The freighter reduced carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 40,000 trucks each year. Carbon dioxide is emitted each year.
The "Yara Birkland" freighter is manufactured by the Norwegian fertilizer giant Yara. This fully autonomous freighter is 80 meters long and has a payload of 3,200 tons. It will soon begin a two-year trial operation. During this period, technicians will fine-tune it so that it learns to drive autonomously.

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The company’s CEO Wayne Torre Holset said that the cockpit on the ship may disappear completely within a few years, and the ship will be able to sail 7.5 nautical miles (about 14 kilometers) on its own with the help of sensors.
On the "Yara Birkland", the traditional computer room has been replaced by 8 battery compartments. The power provided by renewable hydropower is as high as 6.8 MWh, which is equivalent to the power of 100 Tesla vehicles.
The Yara Birkland’s voyage is not long. During the months of study after launching, it must learn to navigate the congested waterways to avoid colliding with commercial ships. In addition, autonomous navigation requires a set of new rules that do not currently exist.
Experts predict that electric ships will not become a universal solution for the industry in the short term. All-electric ships are suitable for short and stable routes and are not suitable for long-distance cross-sea transportation. If ships want to sail long distances, ports must be equipped with battery chargers. Therefore, technical and infrastructure challenges still need to be solved urgently.
 

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