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The company will provide automated e-charging systems for the world’s first fleet of zero-emission, autonomous battery-powered ships in Norway.

As previously reported by Bunkerspot, in September Norwegian grocery distributor ASKO signed agreements with Kongsberg Maritime and Massterly – a Kongsberg Wilhelmsen joint venture – on two new autonomous fully-electric ships.

The vessels, which are due to be delivered early in 2022, have been designed by Norwegian vessel designer Naval Dynamics and will be constructed at the state-owned Cochin Shipyard in India.

ASKO will introduce the fully electric vessels to connect two sites across the Oslo Fjord, thereby replacing two million kilometres of truck transport and saving 5,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

In addition to the e-charging contract, last month ASKO Maritime also selected Cavotec to provide its selected MoorMaster NxG to moor the new vessels in port.

‘This is a perfect example of how Cavotec delivers the solutions of the future, today. We could not be prouder of being a key enabler of the evolution towards the future of shipping and being a partner of ASKO is a first major step,’ said Patrick Mares, President of Cavotec, Ports and Maritime.

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