The ‘Color Hybrid’ was named on 23 August in Sandefjord. The lady sponsor, the prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, made an appearance on the screen for a virtual naming of the vessel, with minister Jan Tore Sanner smashing the champagne bottle at the ship’s side.
In their speeches, CEO Trond Kleivdal in Color Line and CEO Gunvor Ulstein in Ulstein Group both sent a very big thank you to all the involved Ulstein employees for their outstanding efforts in the construction and completion of this state-of-the-art vessel.
The world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel goes from Sandefjord, Norway to Strömstad, Sweden, in 2.5 hours. The 5MW batteries can be charged in one hour with environmentally friendly shore power plants on the quay in Sandefjord. Battery power will be used to go silently in and out of the fjord of Sandefjord without emissions of harmful environmental gases, or nitrogen and sulphur compounds to the 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.