Kalmar, a subsidiary of Finnish cargo handling manufacturer Cargotec has recently entered into an agreement with Norwegian chemical company Yara to deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a first of its kind fully digitalized container handling solution in Norway at the Yara Porsgrunn facility.
Yara EVP for Production, Tove Andersen said, “With this agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world’s first electric and autonomous container vessel; it is the world’s first fully digitalized and electric supply chain, with all operations, including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully autonomous manner with zero emissions. Kalmar has the proven equipment and software, and the know-how to integrate their solutions into our supply chain.”
Along with the autonomous loading and unloading solution, Kalmar will also provide transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay for Yara Birkeland.
The solution Kalmar has devised consists of three Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads, one Kalmar Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Crane (AutoRMG) and a FastCharge charging station and related automation and safety systems.
The digitalized solution will be phased in with the level of automation increasing over time. When fully implemented the solution will provide a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and zero-emission solution in an industrial environment.
A full-scale service contract has been activated allowing Kalmar to fully support Yara’s operations throughout.
Senior Vice President at Kalmar for Automation and Projects, Tero Kokko said, “We are very excited to work with Yara on this unique groundbreaking project. The project involves several firsts for us, including the first fully automated RMG for vessel loading, unloading and container storage management. Furthermore, the Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads will drive along the public roads in the Porsgrunn industrial park, which is also used by normal road traffic. We are working closely with local authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of passengers and vehicles at all times.”