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Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Color Line and Ulstein Verft have marked the construction start-up on the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship, the 'Color Hybrid'. The hull has been placed in the dock hall, and several hundred yard workers are now busy with the ship’s completion before handover in summer 2019.

Color Hybrid is being built by Ulstein Verft, to a design by Fosen Yard. It accommodates 2,000 passengers and 500 cars. The ship is a plug-in hybrid vessel, meaning that it will switch to batteries when it reaches the fjord outside Sandefjord. The ship will be powered by battery through the fjord, without noise or harmful emissions. When moored in Sandefjord, the vessel will be charged by a shore connection.

The ship is said to offer a good example of the interaction in Norway's maritime cluster. Color Line chose Ulstein Verft for this newbuilding project. Furthermore, the yard has contracted the subsuppliers to this project, of which  about 70% are local. According to Ulstein Werft, one workplace at a shipyard generates five others. A contract placed on a Norwegian shipyard generates ripple effecs in the cluster. About 100 of the suppliers to the Color Hybrid project are Norwegian, and several of these attended the kick-off of construction on Thursday 15 November.

"The determination and the ability to adjust course has been one of the key drivers in the development of the company. In about half a year, this magnificent hull will be a flagship for the natural environment and for innovation for the Norwegian maritime industry," said Trond Kleivdal, CEO Color Line.

"When Color Line chose Ulstein Verft for the construction of the Color Hybrid, the ripple effect for subcontractors and cooperative partners, both regionally and nationally, is very high. At Ulstein Verft alone, approx. 400-500 people will be involved in this project… This creates the firm base for a viable region, and provides significant tax revenues for the Norwegian state and municipalities," said Gunvor Ulstein, CEO Ulstein Group.

Color Hybrid will be serving the Sandefjord-Strömstad route from summer 2019. Even before the ship has been built, she earned her first award. At Nor-Shipping 2017, the ship was winner of the Next Generation Ship Award, which honours the most promising design for ships that will be launched in the coming decade. According to the jury, the vessel demonstrates the innovation and ambition that are pushing the maritime industry forward to a greener, more profitable and more sustainable future.

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