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Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Kongsberg Maritime and MacGregor have entered into an agreement whereby the cargo handling specialist will deliver an automated mooring system to the autonomous containership, Yara Birkeland.

The mooring system, scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2019, has been developed to enable the undertaking of mooring operations without human intervention. 

Høye Høyesen, Vice President, Advanced Offshore Solutions, MacGregor, said: “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.”

Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime, added: "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.”

Kalmar, another division of MacGregor’s parent company Cargotec, previously announced that it will provide the autonomous loading and unloading system for the ship.

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 container ship will transport fertiliser from Yara's Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a journey of 31 nautical miles.

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