Here Comes the World’s First, All-Electric Autonomous Cargo Ship (.PDF Download)

Sept. 8, 2021
Companies in Norway and Japan are getting close to the maiden voyages of a new generation of autonomous ships, some of which boast all-electric capabilities.

At a time when organizations are looking for any way possible to streamline transportation and logistics and make both more affordable, a Norwegian company is taking the first steps to achieving the dream of an all-electric, autonomous cargo ship. As it traverses the world’s oceans, the innovative ship may also help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for a transportation sector that emitted 1,076 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2018 (up from 977 million in 2012).

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ocean shipping’s total share of GHGs (including CO2, methane and nitrous oxide) increased from 2.76% in 2012 to 2.89% in 2018. Yara International could be among the first to start moving the needle in a direction that’s more positive for the environment. 

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