Norwegian shipyard VARD has contracted PG Flow Solutions to supply the engine room pump system to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel, the Yara Birkeland.
The NOK 250 million vessel will be installed with a complete engine room pump system with coolers for the vessel’s battery pack and tunnel thrusters, bilge pumps, ballast water pumps and fire water pumps plus other associated equipment, spare parts and services.
Steve Paulsen, CEO, PG Flow Solutions, said: “We have delivered close to 2,000 engine and utility pump installations over the past four decades, but being chosen as supplier to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel is a particularly proud moment for us. An autonomous vessel requires the most reliable, high-quality equipment in the market, hence we are immensely proud that VARD has chosen our engine room pumps.”
“Our pump systems are energy efficient and have very low maintenance requirements. They are a good fit for the vessel’s requirements,” added Morten Espenæs, sales manager, PG Flow Solutions.
The pump systems are anticipated for delivery in April 2019.
The complete Yara Birkeland autonomous vessel is scheduled to be delivered from Vard Brevik in Norway in Q1 2020, with the purpose of replacing 40,000 truck journeys per year between Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik.
The vessel will gradually move from manned operation to fully autonomous operation by 2022.