The Dutch have been building electric vessels to run public works operations like garbage collection for a few years now. This autonomous vessel is the next logical step.
An autonomous ship dubbed the “Tesla of the Canals” will ship goods between Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam for the first time this summer. The boat built by Dutch company Port-Liner will cruise along the canals powered by a set of 6 meter long batteries charged using carbon-free energy. The Netherland’s largest energy providers, Eneco has the contract to provide the energy. Once in full operation, the massive ships will operate completely autonomously without crew on board. While the first of the ships are rolled out this summer, the crew will stay with the boats to oversee their maiden voyages. […]