Yara Birkeland container ship at port
Case Study: Yara Birkeland

Smooth sailing for an electric container ship

Case Study: Yara Birkeland
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About Yara Birkeland

Norwegian Yara International was established in 1905 as the world's first producer of mineral nitrogen fertilisers. Today, they are the world's leading crop nutrition company and a provider of environmental and agricultural solutions. The company produces, distributes, and sells its nitrogen-based mineral fertilisers and related industrial products from 60 production sites on 6 continents to about 150 countries worldwide.

Client: Yara International
Industry: Chemical
Headquarter: Oslo, Norway
Type: Public
Founded: 1905

DFDS tests loading and stability of autonomous Yara Birkeland

Yara Birkeland electric container ship


Yara Birkeland will be the world's first fully electric and autonomous container ship with zero emissions. The vessel is 80 meters long with a capacity of 120 TEUs. To ensure safe transport and smooth sailing, Yara International needed professional help to carry out tests both in port and at sea.


Safe discharge at the port

Safe discharge at the port

Safe loading at the port

Safe loading at the port

Optimal stability at sea

Optimal stability at sea

Optimal ship behaviour at sea

Optimal ship behaviour at sea

Yara Birkeland container ship with workers at port


Yara Birkeland transports fertiliser from Yara International's production plant in Herøya to Brevik port in Norway. But to be able to start operating the sea route, Yara International needed help to carry out tests both in port and at sea to get approval from the Norwegian Maritime Administration. Based on a successful partnership with DFDS as their logistics provider, Yara International turned to DFDS and asked for assistance.

"Seeing Yara Birkeland arrive at the port pushes us towards a green future and contributes to our focus on green mobility."

Thorbjörn Aasig Lund Lippestad, Managing Director at DFDS

Yara Birkeland workers


DFDS performed two tests: one in December 2020 and one in December 2021. The first was a discharge and loading test at the port of Brevik, and the second was testing stability and ship behaviour at sea. DFDS made some necessary adjustments, and Yara Birkeland was approved. In the spring of 2022, Yara Birkeland was put into commercial operation. When Yara Birkeland arrives at Brevik port, DFDS offloads the containers for onward sea transport to Europe. The cargo offloading is performed automatically via electric cranes and related equipment. Yara Birkeland stays in Brevik port for seven hours, and DFDS handles up to 200 containers.

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