The world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, Color Hybrid, has been appointed ‘Ship of the Year 2019’. Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein received the Award from HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at the Nor-Shipping exhibition on 4 June 2019.
The Color Line vessel is under construction at Ulstein Verft. Yard number 311 has been designed by Fosen Yard, and will be put to service between Sandefjord, Norway and Strömstad, Sweden this summer.
With a battery package of 4.7 MWh, the ‘Color Hybrid’ is enabled to travel 12 nautical miles only on battery power, charged with shore power in Sandefjord.
“We have during the last 100 years developed a solid shipbuilding expertise. To us, this award is an acknowledgment and recognition of this expertise and our commitment to deliver quality and innovative solutions to our customers. We share this award with all our employees as well as the Norwegian maritime cluster”, said Gunvor Ulstein in her speech. She also expressed her appreciation towards the ship owner, Color Line, for placing their trust in Ulstein Verft for the construction of this innovative and environmentally friendly vessel.
Measuring 160 m in length and 27.1 m in the beam, the vessel has a capacity of carrying 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.
The ‘Ship of the Year’ is awarded annually by the maritime magazine Skipsrevyen. The nominees are suggested among the readers of the magazine, while a jury appoints the winner. Innovation is one of the main criteria in order to win.