When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Sources

No One At The Helm, Anchors Up On Self-Sailing Boats

Boats will soon be capable of sailing without  captains on board. The first tests will take place next year.

3D rendering of the Yara Birkeland
3D rendering of the Yara Birkeland
Paul Molga

TRONDHEIM — First there were driverless cars. Soon, there will also be boats that can sail without a captain. The Norwegian company Kongsberg officially started this technological endeavor this past summer when it announced the development of a prototype freighter, which is scheduled to be tested next year. Completely electronic, this container ship will shuttle between Porsgrunn, south of Oslo, and the ports of Brevik and Larvik to transport fertilizer from the manufacturer Yara to the North Sea. "Every day, more than 100 diesel trucks travel from our factory towards these two ports, which makes 40,000 trips per year and an equivalent amount of pollution which we can avoid," says the organization's president Svein Tore Holsether in a press release.

Baptized the Yara Birkeland (in homage to the physician Kristian Birkeland, who discovered the origin of the Aurora Borealis), this shuttle will run 24/7 all year round. Numerous sensors will help guide it and preempt obstacles. The company anticipates a carbon dioxide reduction of 678 tonnes per year. But this environmental engagement comes at a price: $25 million in investment, three times the price of a normal cargo ship of the same capacity.

Keep reading... Show less
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!

"Er ..."

YouTube screenshot

May 21-22

  • A liberated Ukrainian village
  • Long COVID limbo
  • TikToker under fire
  • … and much more.
Keep reading... Show less

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in
THE LATEST
FOCUS
TRENDING TOPICS

Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

Watch Video Show less
MOST READ