Nearly 90 % of the world’s commercial cargo is transported by sea. Freighters, oil tankers and container ships use megatons of fuel, some of which is very low grade and harmful as a result. Two Norwegian companies, Kongsberg Gruppen and Yara, are developing an autonomous, fully electric, zero-emission vessel. Loading, shipping and unloading operations for the Yara Birkeland will be fully automated by 2020 via three control centers. The ship, scheduled for delivery in 2018, will be used primarily for coastal navigation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the coast, between three ports in southern Norway. With a capacity of some 100 containers, a range of 65 nautical miles (120 km) and speeds of between 6 and 10 knots, this vessel represents a drop in the ocean in terms of the tens of thousands of tons and containers shipped globally. To be more than mere greenwashing, this initiative will have to be supported and widely replicated to become a viable shipping alternative.