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The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), Mansukh Mandaviya praised the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) for winning the contract to build the world’s first fully automatic electric vessel for a leading Norwegian firm. Mandaviya said that despite the stiff competition CSL won the contract due to its credibility and work history.
CSL, which is also India’s largest commercial shipbuilder, clinched this prestigious export order from ASKO Maritime AS, the subsidiary group of Norges Gruppen ASA, one of the largest players in the Norwegian retail segment.
This autonomous electrical vessel project is an ambitious project that is partially funded by the Norwegian government and is aimed at emission-free transport of goods across the Oslo fjord. These vessels will be managed by M/s. Massterly AS, the first company set up to take technical management and operate autonomous vessels, a joint venture between M/s. Kongsberg, the world leader in autonomous technology and M/s. Wilhelmsen, one of the largest maritime shipping companies. Once operational, this vessel will create a new benchmark for the merchant shipping world in the field of autonomous vessels with zero carbon emissions.
The 67-metre-long vessels will initially be delivered as a full-electric transport ferry, powered by 1846 kWh capacity battery. After the commissioning of autonomous equipment and field trials in Norway, it will operate as a fully autonomous ferry of ASKO that can transport 16 fully loaded standard EU trailers in one go across the fjords. The vessels are designed by Naval Dynamics Norway using Kongsberg Maritime systems, with detailed engineering to be carried out by CSL. They will be built under DNV GL classification and flagged in Norway.
CSL won this export order after a detailed evaluation of various global shipyards and based on its value proposition to the customer. CSL is already constructing 23 hybrid electric boats for the Kochi Water Metro.