Yara Birkeland first fully electric container

Yara Birkeland world’s first fully electric and soon to be autonomous container vessel with zero emissions, is ready to be put into operation next year.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Yara Birkeland set sail on November 18th from Horten to Oslo for it’s first and only visit where partners and key stakeholders experienced the ship first-hand and learned more about the process behind this great achievement.

With key collaboration from KONGSBERG, VARD and Enova SF, this project shows how through join efforts, we have developed a world-leading innovation that contributes to the green shift.


Yara and technology company KONGSBERG teamed up with the ambition to build the world’s first autonomous and zero-emission container vessel.

With the aim of reducing diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year, Yara Birkeland will reduce NOx and CO2 emissions, improve road safety, reduce road dust formation and reduce traffic noise while transporting fertilizer from Yara’s factory in Porsgrunn to the export port in Brevik.

Yara Birkeland first fully electric container

Yara Birkeland will be put into operation in 2022. Initially it will start a two-year trial to become autonomous and certified as an autonomous, fully electric container vessel.

source Yara