The Norwegian chemical concern and fertilizer producer Yara presented the world’s first electric, autonomous commercial vessel to the media. “Yara Birkeland” is 80 meters long and will travel approximately 14 km from the port of Porsgrunn to Brevik in southern Norway, the Reuters Agency reported.
The unit will contribute to reduction of 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which corresponds to 40,000 diesel vehicle travel on land.
Of course, it was not without complications, but now it’s even nicer to stand here today, seeing this ship and the fact that we managed to build it said Svein Tore Holsether, head of Yara.
Initially, the vessel will run two journeys a week. During one trip, he will be able to take him on board 120 six-meter containers with fertilizer.
The batteries powering a unit with a capacity of about 7 megawatt hours are the equivalent (equivalent) to the power of 100 Tesla cars – said Jostein Braaten, responsible for the design of the ship.
As the AFP agency notes, the maritime sector is responsible for almost 3 percent. global gas emissions. The industry is planning by 2030 reducing current emissions by 40% and by half by 2050 – reported by the France 24 news channel.