PR | Worlds Largest Plug-In Hybrid Ship Delivered from Ulstein Verft to Color Line

By: Steven Tarbox
COLOR HYBRID. Copyright © Uavpic.
COLOR HYBRID. Copyright © Uavpic.

Color Line took delivery today (01.08.19) of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship M/S Color Hybrid. The ship sets a global standard for environmentally friendly ships, and represents a significant upgrade of the shopping and adventure offerings for travellers between Norway and Sweden. The maiden voyage goes from Sandefjord to Strømstad on August 9.

Green, smart, and innovative

Color Hybrid employs new solutions to reduce noise and emissions. The ship is a plug-in hybrid, and its five-megawatt hour batteries are charged via a power cable with environmentally friendly power from shore power plants on the quay in Sandefjord. The ship will sail in and out of the Sandefjord fjord virtually silently and without emissions of harmful environmental gases, or nitrogen and sulfur compounds to the air in the area.

The battery pack weighs 65 tons and can be charged in one hour. In addition, the ship has a large heating reservoir of 5 megawatt-hour capacity that utilizes waste heat from both the engine cooling water cycle and exhaust gases for heating purposes onboard. This, together with an optimal hull construction, helps to make the ship energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

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A time-lapse showing part of the hull for COLOR HYBRID being assembled in Poland.

Color Line bases its investments on the efforts of the authorities and the international community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship is in line with the company’s ambitions for further development of sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for Norwegian shipping,” says Trond Kleivdal, CEO of Color Line. Over 70% of the suppliers are from the maritime cluster in Norway, representing the very best of the Norwegian maritime industry.

With its innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, the ship is an important project for Ulstein Verft and the maritime cluster. “We would like to thank Color Line for a very good and constructive collaboration throughout the construction period,” says Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group.

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Timelapse video of the completion of COLOR HYBRID. The hull was constructed by Crist in Gdynia, Poland, then towed to Ulstein Verft in Norway for completion.

A new travel experience

The new ship will provide an improved travel experience and set a new standard for comfort. Shopping and service offerings onboard will be expanded and improved, with large stores and three great eateries with a rich variety of food and drink. On deck there will be a greenhouse powered by residual heat where herbs and vegetables, among other things, will be grown and served on board. Guests with a love of the sea will surely seek out the additional ”bridge” wing at the stern, built for passengers. A glass floor will allow guests to follow the waves and the ship’s rhythm with a direct view to the open sea.

Color Line AS is Norway’s largest and one of Europe’s leading cruise and transport companies, with approx. 2,400 man-years in four countries. Annual turnover is just over NOK 5 billion. Each year approx. 3.8 million people travel to and from Norway with the company’s vessels. Color Line also transports more than 900,000 passenger cars and approx. 182,000 freight units. The company today has an operational fleet of seven vessels and operates four international ferry lines between seven ports in Norway, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Color Line’s vision is to become Europe’s leading shipping company within cruise and transport.

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship is 160 meters long, with a capacity of 2,000 passengers and around 500 cars. The ship will provide significantly increased capacity on the route between Norway and Sweden.

COLOR HYBRID was awarded Ship of the Year 2019 by the maritime magazine Skipsrevyen

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