|For the Next Generation Award, the jury selected the large hybrid plug in ferry currently known as Color Hybrid being built for Color Lines. Although not yet complete, the 30,000gt ro-pax ferry designed by Fosen Yard, and being built by Ulstein Verft, will be the world’s largest hybrid craft.
As with the winner of the other award, the jury felt that the ship had the ability to influence the design of many more types of vessels.
“The impact of shipping emissions on health are seen as tarnishing the image of the whole industry” says Latarche. “By installing a hybrid propulsion system on this vessel, it will be able to enter ports without any emissions and much less noise than conventional vessels. That is something all vessel types can seek to emulate, making this vessel an ideal candidate for the Next Generation Award.
“Even if ships only generate a small amount of excess power during operations having an energy storage system that can be topped up when alongside will allow them to enter and leave ports emission free and have some reserve for emergencies at sea”.
Color Hybrid has other attributes including a waste heat recovery system and further energy saving measures that also featured in the jury’s decision making.
‘Color Hybrid’ main features
• Plug-in hybrid technology. Designed to be highly energy efficient and with low environmental impact.
• Zero-emission for port operations possible, as a result of high-voltage shore connection (HVSC) in combination of battery hybrid propulsion system.
• Battery package of about 5 MWh (mega-watt-hour) allows for up to 60 min manoeuvring and sailing at speeds of 0-12 knots.
• Good WHR (Waste-heat-recovery) capabilities utilizing a heat – reservoir system.
• Extremely low noise emittance both during battery operation and during overnight port stays.