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Professor: Battery-operated merchant vessels no more than a decade away

Battery-operated vessels on major trade routes seem like the stuff of a far-distant future. But according to maritime professor Roar Os Ådland from the Norwegian School of Economics speaking to ShippingWatch, such vessels are actually not so far off.

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Battery-operated vessels are currently reserved for ferries and smaller trading routes. But in a few years, carriers will increasingly use batteries to power their ships, says Roar Os Ådland, maritime professor at the Norwegian School of Economics. Earlier this year, he published an article about how close battery-powered ships are to becoming a reality on the major trading routes.

Roar Os Ådland, professor Norwegian School of Economics

It is currently my view that electric deep-sea shipping is approximately one decade away

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