Palfinger Marine has won an order to supply lifesaving equipment to the world’s largest hybrid ferry.
The company will equip ‘Color Hybrid’ with lifeboats, fast rescue boats and accompanying davits.
This summer, the cutting of the first steel for Color Line’s new plug-in hybrid ferry marked the start of this shipbuilding project. The new environmentally friendly vessel, capable of carrying up to 2,000 pax and around 500 vehicles, will become the world’s largest hybrid ferry when she enters service between Sandefjord, Norway and Strömstad, Sweden during the summer of 2019.
The scope of delivery consists of four lifeboats with accompanying davits, two fast rescue boats with accompanying davits, as well as the commissioning of each item. Each lifeboat has a 150-person capacity. The complete package will be delivered in November, 2018.
“This is an exciting project for us to be part of, and shows our ability to combine top safety and excellent technical solutions with competitive pricing,” says Palfinger’s Area Sales Manager (Norway), Robin Holmedal Pedersen.
The MPC 32 lifeboats are proven technology. To accommodate Color Line’s request to keep the decks as clear as possible, allowing passengers more deck space to enjoy their time on board, the lifeboats will be installed in a davit structure, which frees up space below the lifesaving systems.
The two FRSQ 630 fast rescue boats are the newest generation. Claimed to be safe, quick and agile, they offer optimal working conditions in rough sea conditions.
This new order is the first project combining the lifesaving systems expertise of the company, formerly known as Harding and the vessel expertise of Palfinger’s professional boats division.
“In today’s market, with fewer contracts awarded and tough competition for every opportunity, this order is a big win for us. The contract truly demonstrates Palfinger Marine’s ability to combine the highest safety standards and excellent technical solutions with competitive pricing,” Holmedal Pedersen said.
He also said that he believed the long-lasting relationships with both the Ulstein shipyard and Color Line to be contributing factors in securing the deal.
Over the years, Palfinger has delivered lifesaving systems to many of The company’s newbuildings, and currently has an ongoing service agreement with Color Line.
“We are proud that both the Ulstein shipyard and Color Line have yet again entrusted us with the responsibility of delivering lifesaving equipment. Both companies know that we represent high quality and excellent service throughout the entire product lifecycle. By choosing Palfinger Marine, they will also receive a complete package from one single supplier of deck equipment, a quality sought by many customers in today’s market,” Holmedal Pedersen added.