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Great Ships of 2022

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World’s First Electric, Autonomous Containership

Yara Birkeland, the world’s ? rst electric, autonomous con- in Brattvåg, the 120 TEU open hatch container feeder ship tainer vessel, was christened in Norway. features pioneering technology developed and delivered by

The battery-driven vessel completed its maiden voyage in Kongsberg Maritime, including sensors and integration re-

November 2021 and is due to enter service this year, trans- quired for remote control and autonomous operations, as well porting fertilizer across the fjord from Yara International’s as electric propulsion, battery and control systems. MacGregor

Porsgrunn plant to Brevik port. Initially, the 80-m ship will will deliver an automated system to enable Yara Birkeland to start operations as a manned vessel as part of a two-year trial moor without human intervention.

period to become certi? ed as an autonomous, all-electric Massterly, a joint venture between he Wilhelmsen group containership. and the Kongsberg group, will operate Yara Birkeland from

Designed by Marin Teknikk and built at Vard’s shipyard its monitoring and operations center in Horten.


Dual Fuel Methanol

Delivered in January 2022 and April 2022 respectively from The ships have each been equipped with a dual-fuel engine

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea, the Seymour Sun that can use heavy fuel oil and methanol. When operating us- and Grouse Sun are owned by NYK Bulkship Asia Pte. Ltd., ing methanol as fuel, these vessels have new technology that

Great Ships of 2022 and recognized recently with the “Green suppresses the production of NOx by adding water to methanol

Ship Award” at the Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) Forum to lower its temperature during combustion. As a result, these 2022 hosted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore vessels can comply with the IMO’s Tier III NOx emission stan- (MPA). Each ship measures 186 x 32 m, is 30,873 gt and ? ies dard without the need for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) the Singapore ? ag. system and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device.

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