Utkilen selects Høglund for Integrated Automation

// PUBLISHED @ 12/10/2017

Høglund will deliver Integrated Automation Systems on four Chemical Tankers ordered by Utkilen at Avic Dingheng, China

Utkilen has selected Høglund to provide automation systems on new chemical tankers order at AVIC Dingheng, China.

 “As modern vessels become increasingly sophisticated, it’s vital that we can access a full range of data from our automation systems,” commented Leif Larsen from Utkilen. “Thanks to Høglund’s integrated systems, it’s much easier for us to get the information we need to optimise systems and resolve any issues.

The four 9900 dwt tankers for Utkilen will be fitted with integrated automation systems that link together systems such as power management, cargo control, and alarms.

This new level of integration is essential for the vessels’ long term performance and reliability. It also allows the owners an enhanced level of access to data from the automated systems for optimisation purposes, which would otherwise be costly and difficult to extract.

“These developments point to a new level of awareness of the importance of integrated automation in the chemical tanker segment,” says Høglund CEO Børge Nogva. “Historically, automation systems have been a low-priority item, and as such, often including several different components from various manufacturers that are linked, but not integrated, even if they have the same logo.”

“By prioritising integrated automation, Utkilen will benefit from increased reliability, better visibility into the data within their systems, and a single point of contact for upgrades and service. Automation systems are the nervous systems of modern vessels – and as the fleet becomes smarter, it’s becoming ever more costly to ignore them.”

These vessels will benefit further from Høglund’s 24/7 engineer support service and the customized automatic reporting systems directly from ship to shore office.