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Color Line and Ulstein sign deal for world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel

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Color Line and Ulstein sign a firm contract on construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel.

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The environmentally sound ship will be servicing Sandefjord – Strömstad from summer 2019. Ulstein won the contract in competition with several other yards.

It has now been decided that Ulstein Verft will be constructing Color Line’s new hybrid vessel.

“It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally, and that Color Line contributes to the further development of the Norwegian maritime industry,” says CEO Trond Kleivdal at Color Line.

With shore power in Sandefjord all Norwegian ports on Color Line’s network will have shore power facilities. The ship will have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord inner harbour.

It will therefore not give emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area. The 160m vessel, with the working title "Color Hybrid", can take on 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.

It will have almost double capacity as M/S “Bohus”, which is scheduled to be phased out when the new ferry will be put into operation in summer 2019.

The ship will provide significantly increased capacity on the route between Norway and Sweden, and will represent expanded and improved services on board and thus a new and better travel experience.

The new vessel will be built according to Norwegian flag requirements and registered in the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register (NOR).

Color Line is currently the only company in the international passenger and freight traffic to and from Norway with ships registered in the Norwegian Ship Register and with Norwegian headquarters.

The total employment effect of the ship construction represents approximately 950 man-labour years, according to an analysis by MENON.


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