Diesel-fueled ships from all around the world visit busy ports every year to ensure that essential supplies reach millions of people. During the process, these vessels can create significant congestion in the ports and leave behind a considerable amount of pollution in their wake as they depart.
The Dutch company, Port Liner, is trying to steer away from traditionally powered ships and is on course to launch the first emission-free barges in Europe. While countries such as China are working to create large-scale electric ships, these vessels will be the first autonomous and fully electric barges to operate in the coastal highways between the Netherlands and Belgium.
While it’s not unusual to see children maneuvering battery operated sailboat toys in park ponds, these ships take that concept to a whole new level. The new barges have the capability to operate on their own. If a ship sailing around without a crew on board evokes an eerie scene from a ghost movie, don’t worry. The barges aren’t traveling on their own in most waterways, yet.