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Høglund to supply integrated automation systems for hybrid bulk vessels

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Automation, energy, and systems integration specialist Høglund has announced that it has been commissioned to supply advanced hybrid and automation systems to six hybrid bulk vessels, with potential for six more, on order for Finland’s AtoB@C Shipping, a leading carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region.

Høglund to supply integrated automation systems for hybrid bulk vessels

These 1A ice class bulk vessels will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, per cargo unit transported by almost 50% compared to AtoB@C Shipping’s existing ships, making the vessels the most efficient in the world in their class.

The vessels will use batteries, shore-side electricity solutions and electric hybrid solutions to enable completely emission-free and noise-free port calls, being able to arrive and leave port with electric power alone.

Høglund will supply automation and hybrid systems for these vessels. Its Integrated Automation Systems (IAS) will seamlessly link alarm monitoring, control and power management systems, giving crew and shoreside teams supreme reliability and control over the vessel’s systems. The IAS will integrate with Høglund’s cloud-based ship performance monitor (SPM), using data from the automation systems to monitor performance in real-time. Høglund’s hybrid systems include a 1000 kWh battery for each vessel.

Høglund CEO, Børge Nogva said: “We are excited to be working on another hybrid project, which demonstrates how quickly the industry is embracing this technology. Our systems will not just be helping to drastically reduce emissions but will also give crew and shoreside teams far better insight into their vessel performance, as our SPM uses data from the automation system to give a clear picture of vessel operations and ensure reliability for the long-term.”

AtoB@C Shipping Technical Director, Janne Eklöf said: “We chose to work with Høglund because of their track record in delivering high quality hybrid and automation systems, and their ability to work flexibly. We have worked closely with naval architects on the design of these vessels to create the most efficient ships of their type, and as such, we needed specialist expertise when it came to the systems that will make these vessels work. Through this collaboration we’re excited to debut a new generation of bulk vessels and set a new standard for energy efficiency.”

The new vessels will be built at Chowgule and Company Private Limited shipyard in India and will be delivered starting from 3Q23.

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