Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton UK from 26 to 28 April 2016.

This unique event brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of innovative power and propulsion systems. The objective is to identify a range of solutions for workboats, pilot boats, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, scientific research craft, fishing vessels, superyachts, patrol craft, military and unmanned craft.

Attendees at the two day Conference and one day Workshop will include commercial and military end-user organisations, operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical & electrical engineers, systems Integrators, naval architects and legislators.

The programme includes 20 expert speakers covering three phases; ‘Here and Now Technology’ considers how the marine industry can utilise the latest engineering. ‘Next Generation Systems’ are within a few years of commercial release. ‘Innovation and Future Possibilities’ are pushing the boundaries far and wide.

Boat builders, engine OEMs and specialist component manufacturers now recognise that they need to work together to develop next generation systems that fit the changing requirements of modern fleets. The unique knowledge gained from presentations and networking sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.

The second conference day ends with a guided tour of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) facility located alongside Lloyd's Register at the new £140m Boldrewood Innovation Campus at Southampton University. SMMI is a unique centre of excellence, bringing together a research, innovation and education community.

The workshop day considers ‘new marine energy’. Presenters highlight how fuel can be saved, maintenance costs reduced and engine life extended. The Hour Of Power concept enables vessels to run in and out of port for an hour on electric with battery power. Fast moving sessions focus on informal discussion and industry experience from subject matter experts including Lloyds Register and DNV GL. A relevant topic is high energy battery installations and Lithium-ion onboard, including the latest MCA Marine Guidance Note.

Conference organiser, John Haynes, said, ‘It is great to have US Lithium-ion battery manufacturer XALT Energy and BAE Systems HybriDrive onboard, as their extensive expertise from automotive and land based applications highlights the capabilities of next generation electric, battery and hybrid technology. It also makes sense to bring in aviation and other transport sectors to drive innovation and support relevant marine safety standards. This is not just green energy for the sake of it. Hybrid is now a viable option and we are focussing on simple and viable business cases for next generation vessels of all sizes.'

Event Manager - Julie Arthur +44 (0)7449 000228

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