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CSL CUTS STEEL FOR NORWEGIAN AUTONOMOUS ELECTRIC VESSELS

CSL CUTS STEEL FOR NORWEGIAN AUTONOMOUS ELECTRIC VESSELS

Friday, November 27, 2020 

A plate cutting ceremony for two Autonomous Electric Vessels, being built for ASKO Maritime of Norway, has been held at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi, India.

CSL Kochi signed the contracts in July for construction and supply of the two Autonomous Electric Ferry ship for ASKO Maritime, with an option to build two more identical vessels. The project is partially funded by the Norwegian Government, aimed at emission-free transport of goods across the Oslo fjords. These vessels will be managed by Massterly, a company set up for technical management and operation of autonomous vessels, a joint venture between Kongsberg and Wilhelmsen.

The 67m long vessels will initially be delivered as a Full-Electric Transport Ferry, powered by 1846 kWh capacity battery. After commissioning of autonomous equipment and field trials in Norway, they will operate fully autonomously, transporting 16 fully loaded Standard EU trailers 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, under the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

CSL won this order through a tender process after detailed evaluation of various global shipyards.

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