Tanker owners Ektank and Utkilen have selected marine automation
specialists Høglund to provide automation systems on new chemical
tankers currently under construction in China. The four 18,600
dwt tankers for Ektank, and the four 9,900 dwt tankers for
Utkilen will be fitted with integrated automation systems that
link together systems such as power management, cargo control and
This new level of integration is essential for the vessels'
long-term performance and reliability, Høglund said. It also
allows the owners an enhanced level of access to data from the
automated systems for optimization 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," said 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
"By prioritizing integrated automation, Ektank and 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. Høglund prides itself on
being able to resolve 90 percent of service requests remotely,
drastically reducing downtime and saving owners and operators
from potentially mission-critical delays.
"Høglund has a unique appreciation of the need to create a
tailored system and support it from installation onwards" said
Fredrik Farsen, Technical Manager at Ektank. "We see integrated
automation as something that is becoming increasingly necessary
for the long-term health of our fleet."
"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 optimize systems and resolve any issues."
This year, Høglund systems have also been used to equip brand new
vessel types such as the LNG bunkering vessel Cardissa, and the
wind farm support vessel Windea la Cour. In both instances,
Høglund was selected thanks to the company's ability to work with
owners, yards and designers to create solutions tailored to the
unique challenges of each vessel type. Høglund also has installed
automation systems at retrofit for owners and operators across