The Norwegian chemical concern and fertilizer manufacturer Yara presented the world’s first electric, autonomous commercial vessel to the media on Friday. “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.
“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 the Yara concern.
The unit will contribute to the reduction of 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to 40,000 tonnes. the journey of a diesel-powered vehicle on land, the agency explained.
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Initially, the vessel will run two journeys a week. During one voyage, it will be able to take on board 120 six-meter containers with fertilizer. The batteries powering the unit with a capacity of about 7 megawatt hours are equivalent to the power of 100 Tesla cars – said Jostein Braaten, responsible for the ship’s design.
As the AFP agency notes, the maritime sector is responsible for almost 3 percent. global gas emissions. The industry plans to cut current emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and by half by 2050, the French news channel France 24 reported.
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