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MacGregor To Deliver World’s First Autonomous & Zero-Emission Container Ship

Last updated on April 16th, 2021

MacGregor To Deliver World’s First Autonomous & Zero-Emission Container Ship

MacGregor will be delivering an automated mooring system for the world’s first autonomous container ship, Yara Birkeland according to the agreement between MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and Kongsberg Maritime. Because of this mooring operations will be easy and can be undertaken without human intervention and will support the effective operation of the fully electric with a zero-emission vessel.

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In the fourth quarter of 2018, the order was booked in Cargotec’s, and it was expected that the automated mooring system would be delivered during the second half of 2019.

“It is critical for Kongsberg to work with world-class partners and we are therefore very pleased to specify the MacGregor automated mooring solution for the Yara Birkeland container ship,” says Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime.

“We worked very closely with Kongsberg to identify the most suitable mooring solution and are proud to have developed an innovative, fully electrical system which increases safety and eco-efficiency compared with conventional mooring operations,” says Høye Høyesen, Vice President, Advanced Offshore Solutions, MacGregor.

It was previously announced by Kalmar, also part of Cargotec, that it will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay.

Yara Birkeland will be able to remove 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated area of Norway and thus reduce emissions and improve road safety. The container ship will cover a journey of 31 nautical miles in transporting fertilizer from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik.


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