Rolls-Royce has received an order for four B33:45L diesel engines to power the worlds largest hybrid ferry being built for the Norwegian cruise and transport company 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 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 electricity from Color Lines own shore facilities, or recharged on board by the ships generators. The 160m-long vessel will have a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars. The four engines from Rolls-Royce are scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. The contract comes with an option to provide engines for a second vessel. Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, VP, Engines Marine, said, The shipbuilding industry in Norway has lately proved its competitiveness internationally in the cruise and ferry market, and we are proud to be part of these innovative new building projects. Our Bergen engines have now been sold to nine vessels in this particular segment over the past year. It is a track record that demonstrates a highly attractive and competitive engine range.
Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.