Construction of the ship dubbed ”the world’s largest hybrid ferry” commenced at Crist yard, Gdynia

Steel cutting marks the production start of a shipbuilding project, here closely watched by Ulstein Verft and Color Line representatives at Crist yard, Gdynia, Poland.
Steel cutting marks the production start of a shipbuilding project, here closely watched by Ulstein Verft and Color Line representatives at Crist yard, Gdynia, Poland.

The steel cutting ceremony of the Ulstein Verft’s yard number 311, the plug-in hybrid ferry for Color Line, also known as “Color Hybrid” project, was held on Friday 14 July. The steel cutting was started at Crist – the yard contracted to supply the partly outfitted vessel to Ulstein. The event marked the start of an exciting shipbuilding project.SVP Marine & Technical, Jan Helge Pile, at Color Line, performed the first cut by starting the numerically controlled steel plates cutting machine. The ferry will be completed in 2019.

Commemorative photo.
Commemorative photo.

Color Line was accepted by the municipality of Sandefjord for a new ferry for the Sandefjord-Strömstad connection because they were able to present the most environmentally friendly solution. The ferry can turn to battery power upon arrival to the fjord of Sandefjord, with minimised noise and zero emissions of NOx, SOx and climate gases as result.

Attending the steel cutting ceremony were representatives of Ulstein Verft and Crist, Color Line and the class society DNV-GL.

In a shipbuilding project, various milestones are celebrated, after the contract has been signed and until ship delivery. The first milestone is the steel cutting, the next one will be the keel laying, which will be performed this autumn.

rel (Ulstein), PBS

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