Norway's Vard to build world's first autonomous container ship

A Norwegian-based yard will construct the world's first autonomous and zero-emission container vessel, which is expected to be completed in 2020. The vessel is the result of a collaboration between supplier Kongsberg and fertilizer company Yara.

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The world's largest autonomous and zero-emission container vessel will be built at Norway's shipyard Vard Brevik and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, according to a press release from the fertilizer manufacturer Yara, which represents with the vessel project Yara Birkeland in collaboration with Norwegian-based Kongsberg.

Yara placed an order with the Norwegian shipyard for about NOK 250 million (USD 29.6 million) to build the vessel, Yara Birkeland, which is expected to be launched at the beginning of 2020. After that, the vessel will gradually move from manned operation to fully autonomous operation by 2022.

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