Norwegian autonomous ship trials benefit from green drive of industries

Yara Birkeland

Source: Yara

Several vessels are being tested in Norway for autonomous operations. Many of these developments are linked to the efforts of businesses to decarbonise their operations and the shape of the country’s coastline provides an incentive to move at least part of the logistics chain from road to sea, which benefits the efforts to employ autonomous vessels as well.

The exact time needed to complete the trials is difficult to estimate, but they are expected last for at least two more years, said Nils Haktor Bua, Head of Section at the Norwegian Maritime Administration. Each system needs to be entered in the testing regime after another and once the projects have been completed, the ships in questions are planned to not have crew onboard, but their performance would be monitored from a control room on land, he said.

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