Kongsberg and MAN in digital collaboration project with Höegh

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Inaugural project with Höegh Autoliners is currently in a testing and validation phase. [Image: Höegh Autoliners]

Kongsberg Digital and MAN Energy Solutions are to deliver joint digital infrastructure to Höegh Autoliners. This marks the first step in entering into a strategic digitalization partnership and formalizes a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies in October 2019.

The aim of the partnership is to work together to accelerate the rate of digitalization in the maritime industry to secure greater value for customers on both sides and is the result of both
companies realizing that their separate efforts in this area were complementary.

Kongsberg Digital’s recently launched Vessel Insight – a new, cost efficient data infrastructure solution for the maritime market – is seen as a natural match with MAN Energy Solutions’ PrimeServ Assist digital solution for optimization of engine use and maintenance.

The inaugural project with Höegh Autoliners is currently in a testing and validation phase. The goal is to enable real time engine monitoring and digital assistance for optimization, while reducing digital equipment onboard. Kongsberg Digital will provide its data infrastructure solution, Vessel Insight, for real time data transfer while MAN Energy Solutions will deploy PrimeServ Assist for engine data analysis.

Vessel Insight captures contextualized data from vessels and fleets for use in value generating applications for ship owners and operators. Integrating the data from PrimeServ Assist will be able to provide a more holistic picture for the majority of vessels with MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke engines on board.

Geir Frode Abelsen, Head of Technical Operations in Höegh Autoliners said: “For us at Höegh Autoliners, this collaboration is an important step towards the utilization of digital solutions in optimizing the running and maintenance of our engines in a safe and effective way.”

“The engine is the most critical component onboard a vessel, and this strategic collaboration will ensure optimal operation and maintenance of the engine,” says Hege Skryseth, President, Kongsberg Digital. “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.”

Per Hansson, Head of Digital and Strategy, MAN Energy Solutions, says: “We are constantly searching for opportunities to bring the benefits from digital development to our customers faster and more easily. Our advanced analytics and support services are areas where we can provide unique benefits to our customers’ businesses – further optimizing the operation, maintenance and availability of their vessels. Working together with renowned industry partners like Kongsberg Digital gives us one more way to provide our services to our customers, and to jointly further digitalization within the maritime sector.”

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