Norway Takes Lead in Race to Build Autonomous Cargo Ships

July 24, 2017

Two Norwegian companies are taking the lead in the race to build the world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship, an advance that could mark a turning point in seaborne trade. The Yara Birkeland, now under development, is scheduled in late 2018 to start sailing fertilizer 37 miles down a fiord from a production facility to the port of Larvik. Using GPS, radar, cameras and sensors, the electric ship is designed to navigate itself around other boat traffic and to dock on its own.

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