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Kongsberg Digital Signs Contract To Digitalise Entire Höegh Autoliners’ Fleet And Upcoming Aurora Class Newbuilds

Kongsberg Digital Signs Contract To Digitalise Entire Höegh Autoliners’ Fleet And Upcoming Aurora Class Newbuilds

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August 18, 2023

With a shared vision to lead the way in green maritime technology, Kongsberg  Digital and Höegh Autoliners have worked closely together since 2019.  Expanding their collaboration, the two companies have now formalised an  agreement to digitalise the remaining vessels in Höegh Autoliners’ fleet and their upcoming Aurora-class vessels. This strategic move solidifies their  commitment to leveraging digital solutions for increased efficiency and  sustainability in the maritime industry 

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

In 2019, Höegh Autoliners was the first customer of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital’s cloud  infrastructure. To exploit new ways to reduce emissions, increase predictability, and improve  safety, Höegh Autoliners has been a vital pilot customer for Kongsberg Digital, testing new  technology such as Digital Twin for the maritime industry and applications such as Vessel  Performance.  

Höegh Autoliners has an ambitious newbuild program going forward, with its ammonia-ready  dual-fuel Aurora class vessels – the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly Pure  Car, Truck Carriers. Höegh Autoliners has ordered twelve Aurora class vessels – expecting  the delivery of two every six months starting from the second half of 2024.  

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

Höegh Autoliners has a clear ambition to reach net zero by 2040 and to improve AER  (efficiency) by 30 per cent by 2030, with 2019 as a baseline. The company has a strong  decarbonisation track record as its efficiency has been improved by 37 per cent since 2008.

This extended collaboration between Kongsberg Digital and Höegh Autoliners will play an  important role in Höegh Autoliner’s important ambition to meet its set goals 

With our close history, Höegh Autoliners is more of a partner than a customer to us; the  company is a digital, ambitious frontrunner with whom we share a passion for innovation and  sustainability. The best and only way to meet sustainability ambitions and the ever increasing emissions regulations within the maritime sector is to work together on the issues  at hand. We are proud to be Höegh Autoliners trusted digitalisation partner, and Kongsberg  Digital is truly looking forward to working closely with Höegh Autoliners in the coming years.” says Shane McArdle, CEO at Kongsberg Digital. 

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 fleet using Kongsberg Digital’s technology. 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. “ says Andreas Enger, CEO at Höegh Autoliners. 


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