Emissions-free, self-driving cargo ship to launch in 2018

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With transportation development focused on self-driving trucks and delivery drones, it is easy to lose site of the similar need for advances in autonomous sea-based transportation. Now, Norwegian fertilizer company YARA and Norwegian technology company Kongsberg have begun to fill in that gap by partnering to develop and build the world’s first autonomous and zero emissions cargo ship, the YARA Birkeland. YARA plans to use the ship to transport fertilizer products from the company’s Porsgrunn production plant to international ports in Brevik and Larvik for onward shipping – eliminating 40,000 diesel truck journeys each year. “With this new autonomous battery-driven…

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