Höegh Autoliners agrees deal to extend Kongsberg Digital data infrastructure to entire fleet

Höegh Autoliners has announced an expansion of its collaboration with Kongsberg Digital, with the companies to roll out a range of technologies across the Höegh Autoliners’ fleet and its upcoming Aurora-class vessels.

The two firms have worked together since 2019, with the new agreement extended to cover all Höegh ships not included in the existing contract.

Höegh Autoliners operates a fleet of approximately 40 vessels within the PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) segment on a network of eleven global deep-sea trades. Each year, the company facilitates over 3000 port calls. With its ongoing newbuild projects, the company says it is set to deliver the first ammonia-ready PCTC in the deep sea segment from 2024.

In 2019, Höegh Autoliners was the first customer of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital’s cloud infrastructure, and has been a key pilot customer in evaluating new applications to reduce emissions, increase predictability, and improve safety.

The carrier’s newbuild programme includes its ammonia-ready dual-fuel Aurora class vessels, with twelve of the environmentally friendly Pure Car, Truck Carriers now on order. Two of these new vessels area scheduled to be delivered every six months starting from the second half of 2024.

“We are steadily progressing towards achieving a state of zero emissions while consistently delivering reliable ocean transportation solutions to our global customers. In pursuit of this objective, we are actively digitalising our fleets using Kongsberg Digital’s technology,” said Andreas Enger, CEO at Höegh Autoliners.

“This will accelerate our path towards more sustainable, efficient, and transparent operations while ensuring that our vessels are at the forefront of digitalisation in the industry. Embracing this digital revolution enables us to offer improved services to our valued customers worldwide.”

The Aurora class vessels will have Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight data service installed when they embark on their maiden voyages. The newly signed contract also ensures continued roll-out of Vessel Insight to Höegh Autoliners’ existing fleet, except for a few older vessels, which will be connected to the cloud through Kongsberg’s maritime cloud infrastructure throughout 2023.

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