Autonomous ship will have automated mooring system

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MacGregor has won a contract from Kongsberg Maritime to deliver an automated mooring system for the world’s first autonomous containership, Yara Birkeland.

This will enable mooring operations to be undertaken without human intervention, supporting effective operation of the fully electric, zero emission vessel.

The automated mooring system is scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2019.

“It is critical for Kongsberg to work with world-class partners and we are therefore very pleased to specify the MacGregor automated mooring solution for the Yara Birkeland containership,” says Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime.

“We worked very closely with Kongsberg to identify the most suitable mooring solution and are proud to have developed an innovative, fully electrical system which increases safety and eco-efficiency compared with conventional mooring operations,” says Høye Høyesen, Vice President, Advanced Offshore Solutions, MacGregor.

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 containership 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.

MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Another Cargotec company, Kalmar, will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay.

For more information, please contact: Høye Høyesen, Vice President, Advanced Offshore Solutions, MacGregor tel. +47 907 61 098, [email protected]

Robin Thuillier, Communications Director, MacGregor tel. +65 9730 4301, [email protected]

MacGregor is a leader in intelligent maritime cargo and load handling with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes, Rapp and Triplex products, services and solutions, all designed to perform with the sea.

Shipbuilders, shipowners and operators are able to optimise the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor.

MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2018 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 12,000 people worldwide.

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