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ULSTEIN HANDS OVER LARGEST PLUG-IN HYBRID SHIP

Thursday, August 1, 2019 

Hybrid powered vessel 'Color Hybrid' has now been delivered from Ulstein Verft to Norwegian ferry company Color Line.

“Strong focus on innovation and delivering quality to our customers has always been very important to us. With broad maritime expertise, our skilled and committed employees have made a great effort to complete the Color Hybrid,“ saids Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group. "We would like to express our gratitude to Color Line for a good and constructive collaboration throughout the construction period. We are pleased that the ship is ready for operation and that passengers very soon can experience traveling with Color Hybrid.”

Over 70% of the suppliers are from the maritime cluster in Norway and they are claimed to represent the highest quality of the maritime industry.

“The construction of the world's largest plug-in hybrid vessel is in line with the company's ambitions for further development of sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for Norwegian shipping, “said Color Line CEO Trond Kleivdal.

Color Hybrid introduces new solutions to reduce noise and emissions.  The vessel is a plug-in hybrid, where the 5MW batteries can be charged with environmentally friendly power from shore power in Sandefjord. The vessel will go silently in and out of the fjord of Sandefjord without emissions of harmful gases, or nitrogen and sulphur compounds to air in the area.

The battery pack weighs 65 tons and can be recharged in one hour. The ship has a heat reservoir of 5MW which utilises heat from both the wake and the exhaust for heating. This, together with an optimal hull construction, helps to make the vessel energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Measuring 160m in length and 27.1m beam, the vessel has a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.

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