There is no substitute for reducing global carbon emissions. With this goal in mind, Norway unveiled the world’s first fully electric and automated cargo ship. The ship named ‘Yara Berkland’ was shown to the media last Friday. Another feature of the ship is that it is able to move without a pilot or automatically. The ship is said to be a small step in reducing carbon emissions, but it could also help mitigate climate change in the marine industry. News AFP.
The ship began operations by sending 120 containers of fertilizer to the port of Brevik, 6 miles from a factory in the southeastern Norwegian town of Porsgrুনn. The operation of the ship will eliminate the need to run about 40,000 diesel-powered trucks a year. This will reduce environmental pollution.
Sven Tore Hallsether, chief executive of the Norwegian fertilizer manufacturer Yarra, said there were difficulties and difficulties in building automated and environmentally friendly ships. Standing in front of this ship, we can see that we have done it. That seems like a big reward.
Authorities say the 60-meter-long, 3,200-tonne vessel will be piloted for the next two years. During this time the ship will learn the techniques of automatic navigation. In the next four to five years, the entire Wheel House could be extinct, Hallsether said. If you can complete the whole journey by yourself with the help of the sensor installed in it, the driver will not be needed anymore.
Project Manager Justin Bratten said a lot can happen when a pilot forgets while sailing. These mistakes can happen due to driver fatigue. Safe travel can be ensured if automated shipping is possible.
As far as the Yara ship will go, the distance is short but there are many obstacles in the way. It will have to cross many narrow channels and pass under the bridge. In addition, there will be many merchant ships and boats en route. The next few months are the ship’s training time. During the voyage the ship must learn to recognize other objects. Then you have to learn how to deal with that object.
In addition, new rules will be required for automatic navigation. So far there is no such policy.