Dutch company Port-Liner announces on its website that by the autumn of 2018 it will put into circulation ships for the transport of all-electric containers.
The press release announces that the green barges under construction are fifteen and that many people have already expressed interest in their use and the signing of long-term contracts, thanks to the advantages that they promise to obtain from an environmental point of view. Even the world of transport is water, in short, it seems to reach a turning point that will reduce pollution levels.
Starting from August 2018, in the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Rotterdam it will be possible to see the first examples of "Tesla-ship" (as the new Port-Liner barge has been dubbed), also thanks to huge funding from the Union European.
The models under construction have different dimensions: the smallest will be 52 meters long and 6.7 wide, the biggest ones will have a double length (110 meters) and a width varying between 11.45 and 14.2 meters, while their load capacity is 24- 280 containers.
Just to give an example, those that will cover the De Kempen-Antwerp route will be able to replace the road circulation of 23 thousand trucks each year. The barges will be put into operation by batteries that will be powered by solar and wind energy thanks to agreements with companies operating near the ports where the boats will dock and can be refilled or replaced at each load / unloading of goods.
Really good news for the world of trades made with shipping!