Høglund is a company specializing in Integrated Automation Systems (IAS) tailored for the maritime industry, with a primary focus on enhancing vessel performance, safety, and environmental sustainability. Their IAS platform is known for its flexibility and capacity to address a wide range of automation, monitoring, and control needs on modern ships, offering a user-friendly interface and dependable functionality. 

In addition and in connection with the above, the company provides customers with supplementary performance data in the Cloud, used to optimize operations, report to authorities and enhance environmental credentials.

Høglund engineers are hands-on, driven and highly competent and we have delivered projects on more than 600 vessels since start in 1993. 

Interview with Ruzica Andersen, HR, Marketing & Communications Manager at Høglund AS.

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

Ruzica Andersen: The main areas of activity for Høglund revolve around providing integrated automation solutions and digital solutions for the maritime industry. We deliver solutions for both newbuilds and retrofits, and are especially renowned for our capacity to deliver turnkey retrofits of older automation systems swiftly and professionally. 

Our two main product categories:

Integrated Automation System (IAS): Høglund specializes in offering a highly flexible marine solution known as the Integrated Automation System (IAS). This system is designed to comprehensively address automation, monitoring, and control tasks on modern vessels. Høglund IAS platform is recognized for its advanced functionality, simple configuration, user-friendly operations, and modularity, catering to the needs of the maritime sector.

One of our tailor-made products, PLAYBACK- developed in the early days for troubleshooting of incidents- has always been central in all our deliveries and is still one of the most fundamental tools a crew might have to investigate incidents. 

Digital Solutions: Høglund extends its focus to digital solutions aimed at providing insights and improving operations within the maritime industry. Our digital solutions encompass various products such as Performance Reports & Analytics, Høglund Connect, and MRV/DCS Auto Upload. These solutions emphasize the importance of data-driven insights, compliance automation, and secure online platforms to enhance operational efficiency, performance, and environmental documentation reporting.

Overall, Høglund’s activities primarily revolve around delivering sophisticated automation systems and advanced digital solutions to enhance vessel performance, safety, environmental sustainability, and operational effectiveness for the maritime sector.

E.E: What’s the news about new products?

R.A: We are continuously working on improving current and introducing new features to our software. At the moment, most focus is on the digital solutions and products. We are also advancing our efforts in the field of hybrid-electric solutions and their control and integration into the IAS.

E.E: What are the ranges of products?

R.A: Høglund offers a comprehensive range of products under Integrated Automation System (IAS) and Digital Solutions, aimed at enhancing vessel performance, safety, environmental sustainability, and operational efficiency in the maritime industry.

Integrated Automation System (IAS) Products:

Alarm & Monitoring: A fully integrated and scalable set of alarm and monitoring tools to ensure vessel operations’ security.

Automation & Control: Simplified control of vital and complex equipment on board ships.

Power & Energy Management: All necessary functions to handle power generation and main distribution on board.

Safety & Shutdown: Prioritizing vessel safety by providing comprehensive safety and shutdown solutions.

Playback & Data Capture: An innovative tool for troubleshooting incidents by enabling playback of alarms and events for analysis.

Ship Performance Monitor (SPM): A highly adaptable monitoring software designed to manage and improve ship and fleet efficiencies.

Digital Solutions Products:

Performance Reports & Analytics: Empowers maritime operations with data-driven insights through performance reports and analytics.

Høglund Connect: A secure online platform that enables connection to Høglund systems and services across the entire fleet.

MRV/DCS Auto Upload: Simplifies compliance by automating environmental documentation reporting through seamless integration with Høglund Connect.

These product offerings emphasize flexibility, reliability, user-friendliness, and cost-effectiveness in addressing diverse automation, monitoring, control, and data analysis needs in the maritime domain.

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?

R.A: We have been delivering automations solutions since 1993 to all types of vessels worldwide, primarily ferries and cruise, tankers and supply vessels. We see that many shipowners with older vessels invest in a retrofit, more often than ordering new vessels, and here we are the preferred supplier. 

E.E: What estimations do you have for the rest of 2023?

R.A: More retrofit jobs- please visit the “News” section of our webpage for more information.