As ASKO informed, on 15 September its battery-electric and driverless vessels were christened in Moss Havn. The sea drones were named “MS Marit” and “MS Therese”.
he ships can sail completely unmanned and will contribute to lower transport costs, replace one million road kilometers of truck transport a year, as well as contribute to 5,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year.
The maritime drones will operate between Moss and Horten.
The vessels will mainly carry groceries for NorgesGruppen’s chains. Initially, the ships will sail with a limited crew of around four people, including captains. After an extensive trial period of two years, the plan is to let them sail completely without people on board. Instead, the ships will be monitored from shore in Horten.
Kai Just Olsen, director of ASKO MARITIME, called it a boundary-breaking and innovative project to be part of.
This is a very special day. Baptism is only the beginning of a long journey. We are paving the way for new projects to come
Mr. Olsen said.