Ro-ro operator Höegh Autoliners has formalised an agreement with Kongsberg Digital to digitalise the remaining vessels in its fleet and its upcoming Aurora-class newbuilds.  

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Shane McArdle, CEO, Kongsberg Digital (Left) and Andreas Enger, CEO Höegh Autoliners (Right)

In 2019, Höegh Autoliners was the first customer of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital’s cloud infrastructure, as it sought ways to reduce emissions, increase predictability, and improve safety.

This extended collaboration between Kongsberg Digital will play an important role in Höegh Autoliners’ ambition to reach net zero by 2040 and to improve its annual efficiency ratio by 30 percent by 2030, compared to the baseline of 2019.  

The company’s newbuilding programme for 12 ammonia-ready dual-fuel Aurora-class vessels, with slated delivery of two every six months from the second half of 2024, will also support those goals. They will have Vessel Insight installed when they embark on their maiden voyages.  

Vessel Insight will also be rolled out on 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. 

Andreas Enger, ceo of Höegh Autoliners, said that digitalising its fleet 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”.