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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year


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The Yara Birkeland.

The autonomous electric cargo ship Yara Birkeland will make its maiden voyage this year.

Credit: Computing (U.K.)

A zero-emission cargo ship that can pilot itself, built by Norway's Yara International, is set to embark on its first voyage this year.

Called Yara Birkeland, the fully electric ship was originally due to set sail in 2020, but the launch was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic and some logistical challenges which have now been overcome.

Jon Sletten, plant manager for Yara's factory in Porsgrunn, Norway, told CNN that the ship is ready to make its first journey between two Norwegian towns before the end of the year.

"We overestimated the scope of it in the beginning and started with too many activities in parallel," Sletten said.

Eventually the team realized that adopting a step-by-step approach, rather than a fast track mode, would be a better move.

From Computing (U.K.)
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