COUNCIL OF INTERMODAL SHIPPING CONSULTANTS
ANNO XXXVI - Numero 31 MAGGIO 2018
PROGRESS & TECHNOLOGY
AUTONOMOUS YARA BIRKELAND SHIP PROJECT CHOOSES KALMAR
The world's first autonomous and electric container vessel, Yara
Birkeland, will use a fully digitalized container handling system
from Kalmar to complete the Kongsberg project.
Kalmar has announced that it will deliver the fully autonomous
equipment, software and services for to Yara's Porsgrunn facility in
Norway during the second quarter of 2020.
Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara, said: "With this
agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world's first electric and
autonomous container vessel; it is the world's first fully
digitalised and electric supply chain, with all operations,
including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully
autonomous manner with zero emissions.
Kalmar has the proven equipment and software, and the know-how
to integrate their solutions into our supply chain."
Yara, a world-leading mineral fertilizer company that helps feed
more than 300 million people worldwide, last year announced a
partnership with technology company Kongsberg to build the world's
first fully autonomous, battery operated container vessel.
Yara Birkeland will reduce emissions and improve road safety by
removing up to 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated
area of Norway.
The vessel will transport fertilizer from Yara's Porsgrunn plant
via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a
journey of 31 nautical miles.
Kalmar will provide the autonomous loading and unloading
solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the
fertilizer production facilities and the quay.
The Kalmar solution consists of one Kalmar Automated Rail
Mounted Gantry Crane (AutoRMG), three Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads,
a FastCharge charging station and related automation and safety
A recent video by Kalmar has revealed how it will evolve its
entire range of machines into highly advanced electric versions by
Kalmar will implement the system in phases, with the level of
automation gradually increased over time.
The result will be a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and
zero-emission solution in an industrial environment.
Kalmar will also support Yara's operations with a full-scale
The Kalmar Care contract includes full maintenance with parts
for Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads including an availability agreement
as well as preventive maintenance for the Kalmar AutoRMG crane.
Read Kalmar's latest Port Technology technical paper on how to
automate an existing RTG terminal:
Furthermore, Kalmar personnel will provide operational,
automation and software support for the whole solution.
Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects,
Kalmar, commented: "We are very excited to work with Yara on
this unique groundbreaking project.
The project involves several firsts for us, including the first
fully automated RMG for vessel loading, unloading and container
Furthermore, the Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads will drive along
the public roads in the Porsgrunn industrial park, which is also
used by normal road traffic. We are working closely with local
authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of passengers and
vehicles at all times."
(from: porttechnology.org, May 24th 2018)
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