That is supposed to be the beauty of the Yara Birkeland and the vessels to follow; they are not to be complicated and with as few components as possible;
- No diesel engines, only batteries and electric thrusters for propulsion.
- Fast charging by shore based automatic connection at each port of call.
- Mooring by shore installed pneumatic (or electro-magnetic) system
- No crew accommodations and associated equipment
- No life saving appliances
- Fire fighting by Water Mist system.
Navigation system and remote operation system is “off the shelf”, with a few modifications.
The new thing is to train the artificial intelligence computer in all the things required that cannot be pre-programmed, which will take place during the initial manned test period.
You can “hope” that this project will fail, but I wouldn’t bet my bottom dollar on it. Even if it proves more difficult than they now anticipate, they will try and try again, until it becomes a reality.
PS> The GoM Mud Boats were built on the “make it simple” principle as well. (Some still are)