PALFINGER MARINE to Supply Lifesaving Equipment for World's Largest Hybrid Ferry


By MarEx 2017-12-05 20:52:21

PALFINGER MARINE is proud to be chosen as the supplier of lifesaving equipment to the world’s largest hybrid ferry. PALFINGER MARINE will equip MS Color Hybrid with lifeboats, fast rescue boats and accompanying davits. 

This summer, the cutting of the very first steel for Color Line’s new plug-in hybrid ferry, MS Color Hybrid, marked the start of an exciting shipbuilding project. The new environmentally friendly vessel, capable of carrying up to 2,000 passengers and approximately 500 vehicles, will become the world’s largest hybrid ferry when it is put in to service between Sandefjord, Norway and Strömstad, Sweden during the summer of 2019. 

A big win supplying lifesaving equipment to the world’s largest hybrid ferry  

With PALFINGER MARINE’s newly awarded contract to deliver the vessel’s lifeboats, fast rescue boats and davits, PALFINGER MARINE is proud to have become part of this innovative project. The scope of delivery consists of four lifeboats with accompanying davits, two fast rescue boats with accompanying davits, as well as the commissioning of systems. 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 MARINE’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 take promenades and enjoy their time onboard, the lifeboats will be installed in a davit structure which frees up space below the lifesaving systems. The two FRSQ 630 fast rescue boats is the newest generation. Safe, quick and agile, they offer optimal working conditions in rough sea conditions. This new vessel type is our first product combining the lifesaving systems expertise of the company formerly known as Harding and the vessel expertise of PALFINGER MARINE’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,” Robin states. 

Returning customers 

He also believes the long-lasting relationships with both the Ulstein shipyard and Color Line to be contributing factors in securing the deal. Over the years, PALFINGER MARINE has delivered lifesaving systems to many of their newbuilds, and currently the company 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 says. 

PALFINGER MARINE has long history as a leading supplier to Norway’s shipping, and oil and gas industries. 

PALFINGER MARINE’s scope of supply:

4 x MPC32 lifeboats
4 x VIP 24 FDES davits
2 x FRSQ 630 fast rescue boats
2 x NPDS 3500H FR fast rescue boat davits 

Facts: MS Color Hybrid

Vessel type: Plug-in hybrid, able to operate with fully electric propulsion during parts of the ferry crossing. Batteries are recharged with electricity via a power cable from shore facilities, or from the ship's generators during a voyage.
Built at Ulstein Verft AS
Passenger capacity: 2,000
Crew capacity: 100
Vehicle capacity (cars): 500
Outer dimensions: Length 160 m, beam 27.1 m, design draught 6.0 m
In operation from May 2019
Won the Next Generation Ship Award at the Nor-Shipping 2017 exhibition



PALFINGER MARINE is the global leading manufacturer of highly reliable, innovative and customised deck equipment and handling solutions for the maritime industries. The product portfolio includes cranes, lifesaving equipment, winches and handling equipment. A worldwide service network including the supply of spare parts ensures fast and professional onsite support. PALFINGER MARINE operates in all major maritime segments, including Offshore, Marine, Cruise, Navy and Coast Guard, and Wind. The internationally operating company, which has its registered office in Salzburg (Austria), is part of the publicly listed PALFINGER Group.

For many years PALFINGER has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative lifting solutions for use on commercial vehicles and in the maritime field. As a multinational group headquartered in Bergheim, the PALFINGER Group, which has approx. 9,580 employees, generated total sales of approx. EUR 1,357.0 million in 2016. 
The Group has production and assembly facilities in Europe, in North and South America, as well as in Asia. The pillars of corporate strategy comprise innovation and the further internationalization as well as the growing flexibility of products, services and processes. PALFINGER is regarded not only as the market leader, but also the technology leader, in the global market for hydraulic loader cranes. PALFINGER is always in proximity to its customers due to its over 5,000 sales and services centres located in over 130 countries across all continents. 

The products and services herein described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.