Höegh Autoliners to use new simulators for Aurora Class training

Höegh Autoliners has signed a new simulator contract with Kongsberg Digital, including navigation and engine simulator models specifically designed for training crew on Höegh’s Aurora Class vessels.

Höegh’s new vessels will be the largest and most environmentally friendly Pure Car and Truck Carriers ever built, with Kongsberg Digital to develop a customised bridge simulation model of the Aurora vessel including a new engine simulator model for training in future sustainable and hybrid fuel types.

The K-Sim Navigation Simulator Model will allow crew members to gain experience in navigating the ships using exact copies of their Kongsberg bridge systems, while the K-Sim Engine Simulator Model with Hybrid Fuel Technology will provide the opportunity to learn about engine operations with hybrid fuel systems for LNG and Marine Gas Oil.

The engine simulator will be updated to include ammonia propulsion systems at a later date to correspond with the Aurora Class ships’ future change to that fuel type, the partners note.

“The partnership with Kongsberg Digital is an important component of our strategy to lead the green shift in maritime transportation,” said Andreas Enger, CEO of Höegh Autoliners.

“By investing in advanced training solutions like the K-Sim Navigation and K-Sim Engine simulators, we are not only enhancing our crew’s competencies but also reinforcing our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

The systems will be delivered to the Norwegian Training Centre (NTC) in Manila, Philippines to train Höegh’s officers and marine engineers. Established by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) in 1990, the centre has since trained nearly 200,000 seafarers both in the Philippines and globally.

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