Yara Birkeland, the world's first autonomous container feeder vessel, is now a step closer to realization, and the model is under its way!
In the process by constructing the new container feeder vessel for Yara, we are now preparing a model test together with SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim, Norway. Here, we will test the hull design and speed characteristics, manoeuvrability and seagoing characteristics of the ship model.
Building a prototype model like this, will give us valuable figures and numbers in the optimization phase, before the actual building of the vessel will start.
The vessel is planned to be finalized by Q3-2018, followed by testing with crew, before it will be the world's first autonomous commercial vessel in 2020.