Shipbuilding Contract Signed for Unmanned, Zero-Emission Container Ship ‘Yara Birkeland’

The world’s first autonomous and electric container ship is one step closer to reality with a shipbuilding contract now in signed and sealed for the vessel. Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg, who is partnering with Yara on the project, announced today that Yara has signed a deal worth NOK 250 million ($25.9 million) with VARD to build the vessel with launch scheduled for … [Read more...]

Kongsberg to Acquire Rolls-Royce’s Commercial Marine Business

Norwegian technology group Kongsberg has entered into an agreement to acquire Rolls-Royce's struggling commercial marine business in a GBP 500 million deal. The acquisition includes the marine products, systems and aftermarket services businesses of subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce Plc. "The sale includes propulsion, deck machinery, automation and control, a service network … [Read more...]

World’s First Autonomous Shipping Company Established in Norway

The world’s first shipping company focussing entirely on autonomous ships is being established in Norway as the shipping industry continues its push towards autonomous technology. Shipping group Wilhelmsen and technology firm KONGSBERG, both from Norway, have joined forces to establish the new company, named Massterly, which will launch later this year offering the complete … [Read more...]

Kongsberg, Robert Allan Unveil Unmanned Fire Boat Design

Norwegian technology company Kongsberg Maritime has teamed up with naval architects and engineers at Vancouver-based Robert Allan on the development of unmanned, remotely-operated fireboats for ports. If successful, the two partners said the new fireboat has potential to radically change the way first responders attack dangerous fires while in port. The so-called RALamander … [Read more...]

First Zero-Emission, Fully-Autonomous Container Ship Planned for 2020

Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara and maritime technology firm Kongsberg Gruppe are teaming up to build what they say will be the world's first fully-electric and autonomous container feeder ship. "The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport contributing to meet the United Nations sustainability goals," the companies said on … [Read more...]