Let me guess. The project participants had found out long before COVID that they had put themselves into a corner. Electric shipping is a pretty bad idea as expensive and inefficient. They would probably not have sold the vessel. So, COVID comes around, and they have a perfect excuse to scrap it. COVID is so versatile.
The development of the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland has been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.