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Høglund to deliver fuel gas system and automation for container ship retrofit

Høglund engineers at work in Norway Høglund engineers at work in Norway

American shipping company Sunrise Reliance has chosen Norwegian marine solutions and automation systems provider Høglund to deliver automation and fuel gas supply system (FGSS) for the 1979-built 2,400 TEU container ship Horizon Reliance.

In partnership with COSCO Shipyard Group, Høglund will deliver a total integrated solution on the vessel, including the installation of FGSS, Power Management System (PMS), Ship Performance Monitor (SPM) and digital solutions for data collection, as well as the full automation of all the new systems on board the ship.

Høglund will design, engineer, manufacture, supply and deliver a fully integrated automation solution to support the vessel’s transition from steam propulsion power to a dual-fuel vessel. This includes a high-pressure FGSS - with a design supply pressure of 320 bar - and Høglund’s signature PMS and SPM to effectively drive fuel savings and ensure safer and more reliable vessel operations for Horizon Reliance. The PMS will ensure that the generators on board function more efficiently, while the SPM will enable and facilitate the analysis of the power usage for its optimisation. As part of the total automation of the new systems on board the vessel, Høglund will also incorporate digital solutions for data collection on the ship. By integrating these systems, Høglund enables better access and quality of operational data for owners and crew, and better control over the systems. Following the systems integration, maintenance and future upgrades will become simpler, reducing total lifecycle costs.

The new digital solutions will allow the owner to access detailed performance and operational data from all the systems on board the vessel and will facilitate informed decision making with regards to operations optimisation. The automation and digital work on the ship will effectively protect and future-proof the asset, improve its management and environmental performance, and prolong the life of the vessel.

Høglund will ensure that the Horizon Reliance is adapted to meet the new requirements of the industry and to successfully overcome the new challenges in the market. This project is another example of the increasing recognition in the industry of automation’s role in maximising safety and reliability and improving the environmental performance and the lifespan of shipping assets.

David Gunaseelan, VP sales & marketing at Høglund Marine Solutions, said: “The commission on the Horizon Reliance is a very special project that we are looking forward to embark on with our partners at COSCO Shipyard Group.

“The work that we will conduct on the vessel will result in safer and more reliable ship operations and will boost the vessel’s sustainability credentials. It’s very rewarding to contribute to expanding the lifespan of a vessel that has cruised the ocean for such long time and realise we can make systems work no matter the age or condition of the vessel”.

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