World’s Largest Plug-in Hybrid Vessel Ordered

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Posted by Eric Haun

Color Line and Ulstein sign a firm contract on
construction of the world's largest plug-in hybrid vessel.

Ulstein said it has won a contract to build Color Line's new
hybrid passenger vessel to service Sandefjord - Strømstad from
summer 2019. The ship will be constructed at Ulstein Verft in

"It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry
has proven its competitiveness internationally, and that Color
Line contributes to the further development of the Norwegian
maritime industry," said CEO Trond Kleivdal at Color Line.

"We are very pleased that Color Line decided to proceed from a
Letter of Intent to a firm contract on the construction of this
hybrid vessel. This is an important milestone for us, and we are
looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line," said
Ulstein Group CEO, Gunvor Ulstein.

The vessel takes into use new solutions to reduce noise and
emissions. The ship will be a plug-in hybrid, in which the
batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity
from shore facilities or, as a secondary alternative, recharged
on board by the ship's generators.

With shore power in Sandefjord all Norwegian ports on Color
Line's network will have shore power facilities. The ship will
have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord
inner harbor. It will therefore not give emissions of harmful
greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area.

The 160-meter vessel, with the working title Color Hybrid, can
take on 2,000 passengers and 500 cars. It will have almost double
capacity as M/S Bohus, which is scheduled to be phased out when
the new ferry will be put into operation in summer 2019. The ship
will provide significantly increased capacity on the route
between Norway and Sweden, and will represent expanded and
improved services on board and thus a new and better travel

The new vessel will be built according to Norwegian flag
requirements and registered in the Norwegian Ordinary Ship
Register (NOR). Color Line is currently the only company in the
international passenger and freight traffic to and from Norway
with ships registered in the Norwegian Ship Register and with
Norwegian headquarters.

The total employment effect of the ship construction represents
approximately 950 man-labor years, according to an analysis by

Feb 17, 2017

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