On 23 August the ‘Color Hybrid’, the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, was named by Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, in Sandefjord. The lady sponsor made an appearance on the screen for a virtual naming of the vessel, with minister Jan Tore Sanner ensuring the champagne bottle was smashed at the ship’s side.

CEO Trond Kleivdal in Color Line and CEO Gunvor Ulstein in Ulstein Group both thanked all the involved Ulstein employees for their outstanding efforts in the construction and completion of this state-of-the-art vessel.

Green, smart and innovative

‘Color Hybrid’ introduces new solutions to reduce noise and emissions. The vessel is a plug-in hybrid, where the five-megawatt hour batteries are charged via a power cable with environmentally friendly power from shore power plants on the quay in Sandefjord. The vessel will go silently in and out of the fjord of Sandefjord without emissions of harmful environmental gases, or nitrogen and sulphur compounds to air in the area.

The ship also has a large heating reservoir of 5 megawatt-hour capacity which utilizes waste heat from both the engine cooling water cycle and exhaust gases for heating purposes onboard.

This, together with an optimal hull construction, helps to make the vessel energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The vessel commenced in her Sandefjord-Strömstad route on 16 August 2019, after her delivery from Ulstein Verft on 1 August.