The Yara Birkeland is a concept ship that is set to well and truly revolutionize the world of autonomous seafaring, seeing as how it will be the first ship to be capable of autonomous motoring through the use of land-remoted monitoring.
Developed as part of a collaboration between chemical company Yara and pioneering shipping technology company Kongsberg, the Yara Birkeland is set to be designed and constructed by a newly formed company by the name of Massterly. Not only will the Yara Birkeland be the world's first autonomous container vessel, it will also be operated using electrical power alone rather than any kind of diesel.
These autonomous shipping concepts are expected to come to reality in 2020, at which point they will bring various benefits such as efficiency and eco-friendly seafaring to the maritime industry.
Image Credit: Yara Birkeland and Massterly
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