World’s Largest Plug-in Hybrid Vessel Sets Sail

RoPax ferry Color Hybrid has been delivered from Ulstein Verft to Color Line. It is the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, meaning it is equipped with five-megawatt batteries charged from shore allowing it to operate noise and emissions free.

The battery pack weighs 65 tonnes and can be recharged in one hour. The ship also has a heat reservoir of five megawatts which utilises heat from both the wake and the exhaust for heating. This, together with an optimal hull construction, helps to make the vessel energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

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 vessel services the route Sandefjord, Norway – Strömstad, Sweden. The batteries are charged with green shore power in Sandefjord. The vessel will silently go in and out of the fjord of Sandefjord without emissions of harmful environmental gases, or nitrogen and sulfur compounds.

Picture: Color Hybrid traveling through the fjords (copyright Uavpic).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.