Höegh Autoliners has partnered with MAN Energy Solutions and Kongsberg Digital to optimise engines and maintenance on a fleet of vehicle carriers
MAN and Kongsberg have cemented a memorandum of understanding (MoU) they signed in October 2019 with a firm agreement to collaborate in developing digitalisation solutions in the maritime industry, with Höegh Autoliners being the initial project.
These partners are validating real-time engine monitoring and digital assistance to optimise performance on a fleet of car carriers on fixed trade routes worldwide.
“For us at Höegh Autoliners, this collaboration is an important step towards the utilisation of digital solutions in optimising the running and maintenance of our engines in a safe and effective way,” said head of technical operations Geir Frode Abelsen.
Part of this project involves MAN’s PrimeServ Assist for engine data analysis. Kongsberg Digital is also providing its data infrastructure solution, Vessel Insight, for real-time data transfer.
Höegh Autoliners is testing and validating these technology-based services for monitoring engine performance and providing digital assistance for optimisation.
This shipowner operates a fleet of more than 40 vehicle carriers of 4300-8500 CEU capacity, built between 1995 and 2016.
Vessel Insight captures contextualised data from ships and fleets for use with digital applications for processing and analysis.
It integrates data from PrimeServ Assist to provide a more holistic visualisation for the majority of vessels with MAN’s two-stroke engines on board.
Shipowners and operators can interface with one system through common data infrastructure for performance and condition monitoring and optimisation.
“The engine is the most critical component onboard a vessel, and this strategic collaboration will ensure optimal operation and maintenance of the engine,” said Kongsberg Digital president Hege Skryseth.
“This will generate significant value for our customers. We look forward to working together with MAN Energy Solutions and our customers to ensure that they get the digital solutions that fit their capabilities and needs,” she said.
MAN Energy Solutions head of digital and strategy Per Hansson said: “Our advanced analytics and support services are areas where we can provide unique benefits to our customers’ businesses – further optimising the operation, maintenance and availability of their vessels.”
Höegh Autoliners carries more than 2M standard car units annually worldwide through its global network of 11 deepsea trades and loops, between Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas, and on a Caribbean shortsea service.
Optimisation of ship engines and performance monitoring will be discussed in depth during Riviera Maritime Media’s series of Virtual Conferences and Webinar Weeks in Q4 2020, starting with Marine Propulsion Webinar Week - use this link to view more details and to register for these events