The world’s first autonomous and zero emissions ship has been designed in collaboration by chemical engineering company Yara, and aerospace company, Kongsberg. The crew-less ship is set to start delivering goods between Norwegian towns in late 2018.
HOW THEY’RE DISRUPTING
This partnership has offered the world its first fully electric container feeder. The vessel reduces diesel truck journeys by 40,000 a year. Its full suite of technologies includes sensors for operations and electric drive mean the ship can function unmanned.
The zero-emission vessel changes global maritime transport. Cargo ships are one of the world’s biggest polluters. Just one container can produce the same amount of population as 50 million cars, but campaigners are keen to reduce emissions by 50% by 2050.
INVESTMENTS AND FUTURE
The ship has estimated to cost $25m, but has turned heads of investors who recognise it could cut operating costs by 90%. Remote operation is set to start in 2019, becoming full autonomous by 2020.