The world’s first fully electric, emission-free and potentially crewless container barges are to operate from Belgian and Dutch ports from this summer.
The vessels, designed to fit beneath bridges as they transport their goods around the inland waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands, are expected to vastly reduce the use of diesel-powered trucks for moving freight.
In August, five barges - 52 metres long and 6.7m wide - will be in operation. They will be fitted with a power box giving them 15 hours of power.
About 23,000 trucks, mainly running on diesel, are expected to be removed from the roads as a result.