Ulstein Verft CEO Gunvor Ulstein with Color Line CEO Trond Kleivdal (Image: Nanseth Media)
Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft has started final construction work on Color Line’s new passenger ferry, which will be the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship when she is delivered in summer 2019.
Designed by Fosen, the 160-metre long newbuild will accommodate 2,000 passengers and 500 cars and operate between Sandefjord in Norway and Strømstad in Sweden. The vessel will be powered by diesel engines from Rolls-Royce and electric batteries from Siemens, which can be recharged via onboard generators or Color Line’s shore power facilities. Color Hybrid will switch to battery power when sailing through Sandefjord to eliminate noise and emissions.
“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 of Color Line.
Colour Hybrid will also be equipped with propellers and gears from Brunvoll; HVAC systems and fridge/freezers from Teknotherm; valves from Ahlsell; fuel and lubricant oil separators from Alfa Laval; pumps from Allweiler; external doors from Libra; vacuum toilets from Jets; life rafts from Mare Safety and Viking Life-Saving Equipment; and lifeboats from Palfinger. Meanwhile, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver navigation and communication systems, Clean Marine will supply switchboards, Ulstein Power & Control will provide the Ulstein Com communication system. In addition, R og M will deliver the accommodation and galley, while Baggerød will supply the interior doors, Glamox will fit the lighting fixtures, Elpro will install the decorative lighting and Norac will manufacture the wet units.
“When Color Line chose Ulstein Verft for the construction of Color Hybrid, the ripple effect for subcontractors and cooperative partners, both regionally and nationally, is very high,” said Gunvor Ulstein, CEO Ulstein Group. “At Ulstein Verft alone, approximately 400-500 people will be involved in this project. Every workplace in the shipbuilding industry generates more than five workplaces in the private and public sectors. This creates the firm base for a viable region and provides significant tax revenues for the Norwegian state and municipalities.”
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