Norway-based shipping company Höegh Autoliners has completed the installation of the integrated automation, navigation and information system provided by Kongsberg Maritime on-board its New Horizon vessels.

The installation has enabled the vessels to make connections with the land organisation via satellite.

Equipped with navigation, automation and propulsion controls, the New Horizon pure car / truck carrier (PCTC) vessels will perform its operations through a single integrated system and a common technology platform.

"Our crew can control the majority of all technical installations on-board by viewing only one data dashboard."

Höegh Autoliners newbuilding head Jan Rune Mørken said: “One of the greatest features of the information technology we have applied on-board the New Horizon vessels is that all systems on-board are now connected and integrated.

“Our crew can control the majority of all technical installations on-board by viewing only one data dashboard and we can connect with them at all times. This makes sailing safer and transportation more efficient.”

The vessels’ performance can be observed live on workstations around the vessel.

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Furthermore, the performance data can be shared over satellite with the ship operator’s office, as well as with the system supplier and with the engine manufacturer for remote maintenance issues.

Kongsberg Maritime merchant marine vice-president Morten Stanger said: “Höegh definitely shows they want to be in the front of the technological development in the maritime industry, by choosing a fully integrated and connected system from navigation to propulsion control.”

The newly installed fully integrated dashboard features a traffic light set-up and quickly alerts the crews of the vessel if anything goes wrong, keeping the operations and passengers safe.

A vessel performance system has also been installed on the New Horizon vessels in order to reduce fuel consumption.

During the entire journey, the system tracks fuel consumption, as well as analyses historical data and compares it to current conditions.