Yara takes delivery of Yara Birkeland

Shipbuilder Vard has announced it has delivered the Yara Birkeland – the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel – to owner Yara.

In a post on the company’s LinkedIn channel, Vard said it had gained a ‘great amount of knowledge’ about such type of vessels and said it would continue to draw on its experiences going forward.

‘This is an example of how flexible we need to be in order to adapt to new technology and changes in the maritime industry,’ said Vard.

‘We wish Yara the best of luck developing the vessel further and we look forward to seeing it coming into operation soon,’ the shipyard added.

As previously reported, Vard was selected to build the Yara Birkeland in August 2018 in a deal worth around NOK 250 million ($29.7 million).

The project was first detailed in May 2017, when Yara and technology company Kongsberg announced a partnership to build the world’s first autonomous, electric containership. The vessel is expected to replace 40,000 truck journeys a year.

The project has received NOK 133.6 million ($15.8 million) in support from the Norwegian government enterprise ENOVA

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry