• 2018 April 17 16:05

    The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship begins to take form

    The construction of the 'Color Hybrid' reached an important milestone 16 April which marked the assembly start of the 14 large blocks at Crist in Gdynia, Poland. The environmental friendly ship will be the world’s largest battery-hybrid ship when entering into service between Sandefjord and Strømstad in June next year, Ulstein said in its press release.

    The ship is contracted by Color Line at Ulstein Verft and the hull will be towed to Ulsteinvik, Norway in October. The ship will be delivered to Color Line in May 2019.

    The start of assembly is an important milestone in the construction of a ship and the milestone was celebrated with the traditional lucky coin ceremony. In her speech at the ceremony, Ulstein Group CEO, Gunvor Ulstein, commented:

    "Ulstein puts a lot of emphasis into developing greener, smarter and safer solutions. We are very happy for the good cooperation with Color Line and that we have reached this important milestone together. We are looking forward to the hull arrives at Ulstein Verft in October."

    The CEO of Color Line, Trond Kleivdal, emphasised the environment and sustainable development in his speech:

    "The hybrid technology and other environmental friendly solutions on board the Color Hybrid will reduce noise and emissions of environmentally harmful gasses to a minimum."

    The natural environment is an accelerator for Color Line, the company has installed shore power facilities in all their Norwegian ports; Oslo, Kristiansand, Larvik and Sandefjord. The facilities in Sandefjord will be used to charge the batteries of the Color Hybrid.

    The M/S Color Hybrid will be built for the Norwegian Ordinary Ship register (NOR), and will have Norwegian crew. "Predictability and an international competitive framework have been of the utmost importance when deciding to build the world’s largest plug-in ship, and the framework also makes it possible for us to look at further investments from a Norwegian standpoint, with future new and innovative maritime environmental solutions," says Trond Kleivdal.

    The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship will be 160 metres in length and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars. The ship presents an increased capacity on the line between Norway and Sweden. The facilities on board will be top modern and efficient and it is expected that the ship will give the passengers a whole new travel experience.

    Color Line is currently the only shipping line in international passenger and goods traffic with scheduled services to and from Norway, with ships on the Norwegian shipping register, under Norwegian ownership and with its head office in Norway.




2018 April 21

15:06 MV Thuringia makes maiden CI3 service call at Chennai International Terminals
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Arethusa with Glencore
15:00 Gothenburg Port Authority publishes Sustainability Report for 2017
14:47 Wärtsilä welcomes global shipping’s agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions
14:45 Vopak to invest in new storage capacity at its Rotterdam terminal

2018 April 20

18:15 Yaroslavsky Shipyard launches yet another boom-laying boat (photo)
18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Middle East Gulf
17:47 President of Cyprus visits IMO
17:29 NOVATEK’s AGM approves 2017 dividends
17:03 SEA\LNG reiterates LNG’s central role in meeting IMO’s decarbonisation goals
16:40 SCF Group’s financing deal with VTB Bank recognized by Marine Money as a Deal of The Year
16:03 CMA CGM announces an agreement to acquire a stake in CEVA
15:36 Nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk passed control check for winter training period
15:03 MEPC 72: Proposal to mandate ISO sulphur test methods to be discussed further
14:40 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Russia’s first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 (photo)
14:24 HELCOM group meets in Berlin to focus on reducing land-based pollution affecting the Baltic Sea
13:38 WMU supports IMO climate change strategy for shipping
13:02 Panama Canal transits three LNG vessels in one day
12:43 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane to handle bulk materials in Rotterdam
11:49 2 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on April 19-20
11:26 "Safety Day" held for Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company management
11:02 Navigation on rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg opens from April 20
10:38 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping discuss cooperation
10:13 Brent Crude futures price down 0.26% to $73.59, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.31% to $68.08
09:55 Marine Technics supplied a set of engines to refit gensets of vessels operating on the Yenisei river
09:34 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,201 points
08:07 Chairman of IACS pinpoints three key themes of the Association's strategy for the future
07:45 The Fjords takes delivery of groundbreaking zero emission vessel Future of The Fjords

2018 April 19

19:00 Okskaya Sudoverf launches lead shallow-draft tank barge of Project ROB20, Belmax 1 (photo)
18:05 Vroon's MPI Napoleon commences Baltic-Sea charter
17:05 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract and a new time charter contract with Cargill
16:39 Admiralteiskie Verfi and Roshydromet sign contract for designing and construction of North Pole ice-resistant platform (photo, graphics)
16:05 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada to Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent
15:15 MEYER WERFT announces delivery of cruise ship Norwegian Bliss
14:33 Maersk delivers new block train solution on Standard Gauge Railway
14:11 Global bunker market: the state of volatility remains, expert says
14:03 Samskip starts new service from Poland, Lithuania and Norway
13:20 Bibby Offshore becomes the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea
13:17 Damen Dredging Equipment launches new DOP Dredger Series
13:11 Draft rules for collection of port investment due is available for public discussion (document)
12:52 Wärtsilä to provide optimised maintenance for a complete fuel gas handling system for Viking
12:08 6th Forum of Intermodal Transport FRACHT 2018 held in Gdańsk on 11-12 April
11:13 Port of Rotterdam: growth in container throughput continues in first quarter
10:49 Port of Riga introduces new cargo handling technologies
10:15 Experts forecast Russia's LNG exports to make 33 to 62 million tonnes by 2030
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.6% to $73.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.55% to $68.85
09:34 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,124 points
09:24 APM Terminals launches integrated cold chain solutions in India
09:17 Bunker prices show no significant changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)

2018 April 18

18:26 Engine room fire on board Finlandia Seaways quickly under control
18:05 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles offer seed money to foster the development of new goods-movement technologies that improve air quality
17:47 Port of Rotterdam Authority launches new Pronto application
17:25 CMA CGM implements FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
16:55 Royal IHC announces successful launching of BONNY RIVER in China
16:16 RZD Logistics and Fenix will develop transit cargo transportation via port Bronka (photo)
16:05 Jumbo names new offshore vessel Stella Synergy
15:28 Samskip brings Rotterdam into Nor Lines' flexible LNG-powered service network
15:05 CMA CGM implements GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:02 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard tested mooring facilities of Akademik Lomonosov FPU (photo)