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Rolls-Royce to power world’s largest hybrid ferry

Fri 16 Jun 2017 by Rebecca Moore

Rolls-Royce to power world’s largest hybrid ferry

Rolls-Royce has received an order for four B33:45L diesel engines to power the world’s largest hybrid ferry being built for Color Line.

The ferry is designed by Fosen and will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway. When completed by the summer of 2019, it will operate on the crossing between Sandefjord in Norway and Strømstad in Sweden.

The four engines from Rolls-Royce are scheduled for delivery in March 2018. The contract comes with an option to provide engines for a second vessel.

Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, vice president engines – marine, said: “The shipbuilding industry in Norway has lately proven its competitiveness internationally in the cruise and ferry market, and we are proud to be part of these innovative newbuilding projects. Our Bergen engines have now been sold to nine vessels in this particular segment over the past year. It is a track record which demonstrates a highly attractive and competitive engine range.”

The Bergen B33:45 in-line diesel engine from Rolls-Royce was first introduced at SMM, Hamburg, in September 2014.

The new Color Line ferry will be a plug-in hybrid combining diesel and electrical power. The batteries will be recharged via a power cable with green electricity from Color Line’s own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship’s generators. The 160m long vessel will have capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.

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