Samskip behind autonomous, emissions free box shipping project

Scandinavian carrier Samskip is behind a new emissions free, autonomous box shipping project called Seashuttle, backed by funding from Norway.

The ships will feature hydrogen fuel cells for their propulsion power and among the partners involved is Kongsberg, which is also involved in the development of the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous boxship, due to hit the water next year.

“Samskip is delighted to take the lead in the project to develop next generation sustainable shortsea shipping,” commented Are Grathen, managing director of Samskip Norway. “What distinguishes this project and will be key to its success is the combination of fuel and technology that will make it cost competitive with existing solutions. With our trusted project partners, we are convinced that such ambitions are realistic.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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