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First autonomous electric (short range) container ship planned for 2020

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by Yggdrasill, May 9, 2017.

  1. Yggdrasill

    Yggdrasill Active Member

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    I found these news interesting. Yara International and Kongsberg Gruppen are cooperating on the first autonomous electric container ship. It will be able to carry 100-150 TEU, and be powered by a 3.5-4 MWh battery pack. It will be covering about 30 miles per day.

    The plan is the following:

    Summer 2017: Ship designer is picked and the design finalized.
    Right after summer 2017: Shipyard contract awarded, construction begins.
    2nd half 2018: Ship is delivered.
    Late 2018: The ship enters service, but with a crew on a temporary bridge.
    2019: It starts being used in remote controlled mode.
    2020: It starts being used in full autonomous mode.

    http://video.tu.no/v.ihtml/player.html?source=share&photo_id=17050432
     
  2. tomas

    tomas Only partially psycho

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    Very cool. Do you know what route(s) are planned? Range?
     
  3. Yggdrasill

    Yggdrasill Active Member

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    I'm not sure exactly what the range will be. It will be making four trips/return trips per day, each around 7 miles. I think it will be charged only at one of the ports. This is roughly the route, only at sea: Google Maps

    It is of course a prototype, and they are likely to tweak the design once they figure out how best to do things. Then we can expect this to be the first of many such ships.
     
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