Nov 26 – Yara Birkeland

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On November 18th the Yara Birkeland, an 80m long battery-electric container ship, took its first and only trip to Oslo before it is put into regular operation in Norway. We featured this vessel as our Ship of the Week when it was in it conceptual phase, so we are pleased to see that she had now completed here maiden voyage.  This project not only electrifies the transport of containers, but is focused on achieving full autonomous operation over a two-year test period. This includes an automatic mooring systems and loading/unloading equipment.  Commercial operation will start in 2022. The vessel is expected to replace 40,000 diesel-powered truck trips every year. The project was financially supported by Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for the promotion of renewable energy, which allocated some 133.5 million NOK (US$15.2 million).

Batteries: 7 MWh
Propulsion:  Azipull pods 2 x 900 kW and Tunnel thrusters 2 x 700 kW
Capacity: Cargo capacity 120 TEU (120 20-foot containers)
Deadweight: 3200 mt
LOA: 80 m (length)
Beam: 15 m
Depth: 12 m
Draught: (full): 6.3 m
Eco speed 6-7 knots and Max speed 13 knots

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