Deadly pandemic forces autonomous ship into lockdown

The launch of the Yara Birkeland, among the most keenly aniticipated new ships to hit the water this year, is yet to be delayed.

Norwegian fertiliser firm Yara International, which ordered the pioneering 120 teu, battery powered autonomous vessel, has announced it is pausing development of the ship, citing the changed global outlook brought about the Covid-19 epidemic.

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