Life on a container ship can be hellish, so maybe we shouldn’t mourn the loss of these roles too much as the first crewless vessels take shape, says Paul Marks
Sometime next year, the world’s first all-battery-powered container ship, the Yara Birkeland, will slip its moorings in a Norwegian fjord and set sail on its maiden voyage. Its designers hope that the unique technology on board will eventually take shipping, one of the world’s filthiest industries, into far greener waters.
But the vessel will do much more than that. It will also be the world’s biggest autonomous vehicle: the first cargo ship with the capability to run with no crew. That is going to put it in the crosshairs of the debate over
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