Cochin shipyard delivers two autonomous electric barges to Norwegian company – ThePrint –
Cochin (Kerala) [India]June 26 (ANI): The Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) delivered two autonomous electric barges for the Norwegian company ASKO Maritime AS on Sunday.
Both vessels were loaded onto a large mother ship today and it will then be transported by this yacht carrier to Norway.
The ASKO project is an ambitious project in Norway, which is partially funded by the Norwegian government as part of an ecological shipping program aimed at transporting emissions-free goods through the Oslo fjords.
These ships will be managed by M/S Massterly AS, which is a joint venture between M/S Kongsberg, the world leader in autonomous technology, and M/s Wilhelmsen, which is one of the largest shipping companies.
The 67-meter-long vessels are delivered as all-electric transport ferries powered by a battery with a capacity of 1,846 kilowatts per hour (kWh).
After commissioning autonomous equipment and field trials in Norway, these vessels will operate as fully autonomous ASKO ferries that can transport 16 fully loaded European standard trailers at one time through the fjords. Ships under construction at CSL are designed by Naval Dynamics, Norway, using Kongsberg Maritime systems, and detailed engineering is carried out by CSL.
These vessels are built under the DNV GL classification and have been registered under the rules and regulations of the Norwegian Maritime Authority in Norway. It is believed that once in service, these vessels will create a new benchmark for the world of merchant shipping in the field of zero-carbon autonomous vessels.
Calling the day “remarkable” for Cochin Shipyard, CSL General Manager, Business Development, Sivaram Narayana Swamy said, “Cochin Shipyard is very proud to bring a very very ambitious futuristic project for the nation. This is a project envisioned by one of the most advanced countries in the world, Norway, which is working hard for the zero-carbon green digital transportation solution.
“They are pioneers in this technology and have selected the Cochin shipyard to work in this program. The project was discussed in 2019 and the Cochin shipyard was selected as the shipyard in July 2020 after a global pre-selection. We signed the contract practically because no one came here from Norway due to the pandemic situation,” he added.
Highlighting the uniqueness of the project, Swamy added, “This can carry 16 EU trailers and is intended to ship the trailers from one port to another. These ships are completely green and run on batteries with a 1,846 kilowatt-hour battery that recharges quickly.
“After hanging out in Norway, these vessels will also operate as fully autonomous vessels, meaning there will be no personnel required on board. It will take care of all the operations itself thanks to the command and controls already integrated into the system. This is a groundbreaking groundbreaking project for the world itself,” he said while calling the project “the first of its kind.”
Expressing hope to see more such projects, Swamy expected “India as a nation to demonstrate its capabilities and capabilities in the new frontiers and make the world more sustainable, greener and more decarbonized”. (ANI)
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