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Color Line orders hybrid vessel at Ulstein

Norwegian owner will take delivery of innovative ship from compatriot yard in 2019.

Color Line has ordered what it claims to be the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel at Ulstein Verft.

The two Norwegian companies have joined forces for the construction of a 160-metre ship with the capacity to carry 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.

Ulstein will deliver the ship in summer 2019 after winning the contract in competition with several other yards.

To be christened Color Hybrid, the newbuilding will serve the route between Sandefjord and Stromstad.

Gunvor Ulstein, chief executive of Ulstein Group, said: “We are very pleased that Color Line decided to proceed with a letter of intent to a firm contract on the construction of this hybrid vessel.

“This is an important milestone for us and we are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line.”

Color Hybrid will use new solutions to reduce noise and emissions and will have its batteries recharged via a power cable with green electricity from shore facilities.

Trond Kleivdal, chief executive at Color Line, said: “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.”