MV COLOR HYBRID from aft.

COLOR HYBRID, the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel wins Award

At the opening ceremony of the this years Nor-Shipping exhibition, the COLOR HYBRID plug-in hybrid ship, to be built at Ulstein Verft, was announced the winner of the Next Generation Ship Award. With a focus on innovation, the Award honours the most promising design for ships that will be at sea in the coming decade. The vessel has been designed by Fosen Yard and is being constructed by Ulstein Verft for ship owner Color Line. The Award was handed out by H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

“We are proud of being the winner to this prestigious Award, and it is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness and that Color Line contributes to the further development of a greener Norwegian maritime industry,” says CEO Trond Kleivdal at Color Line.

Announcement of Next Generation Ship Award 2017.

Announcement of Next Generation Ship Award 2017. © Ulstein Verft

“This is an important milestone for us, and we are looking forward to the next two years innovative process and cooperation with Color Line” states CEO Gunvor Ulstein at Ulstein Group.

COLOR HYBRID is a plug-in hybrid ship, where the batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity from shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship’s generators. The energy storage package of about 5 MWh (mega-watt-hour) allows for up to 60 min manoeuvring and sailing at speeds of 0-12 knots.

“Color Line shall be at the forefront of the green transition of the maritime industry, and the natural environment is an accelerator to Color Line, whose company has installed shore power facilities in all their Norwegian ports” said Trond Kleivdal. The new vessel is planned to go into service Sandefjord-Strømstad from summer 2019, and the ship will have full accumulator power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord.

There will be zero emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area, as a result of high-voltage shore connection (HVSC) in combination of battery hybrid propulsion system. Noise reduction is an important added pro to this vessel. The exterior noise at low speed and while moored, measured at 100 m distance from the vessel, will be far less than the noise coming from a normal conversation.

According to the jury, this year’s winner demonstrates the innovation and ambition that are pushing the maritime industry forward to a greener, more profitable and more sustainable future.

The hybrid ferry will be 160 metres long and will have a capacity of 2,000 passengers plus about 500 cars.