A gathering in Southampton, UK, this May will address the possible applications of hybrid energy sources to marine vessels. As an article from Maritime Propulsion states, changing laws and evolving technologies are expected to influence the industry this year and possibly require new solutions for the maritime sector, including support vessels and workboats. The event, known as the Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop, will run on May 13 and 14 this year.

Hosted by Shock Mitigation, this Workshop will focus on improving propulsion-related products and systems as more efficient and environmentally-friendly practices become increasingly influential for marine businesses. It will be sponsored by XALT Energy, and invite participants who work as engineers, architects and other important roles.

Developments in engineering have led to new possibilities for hybrid systems in tugboats and offshore vessels, among other types. The sessions included in the workshop program address issues like energy conversion, system integration and the differences between types of hybrid engines.

On the official website of Shock Mitigation, the company's managing director, John Haynes, explained the impact this workshop could have on promoting better use of hybrid systems.

"Changes are coming fast and due to the range of technologies required it is unlikely that any one manufacturer will provide a complete system," he said. "For end user organizations, including owners and operators, the knowledge gained from these workshop sessions will help to shape decisions that lead to procurement of next generation vessels and improvements to in-service systems."

Implementing new engine technology may require a maritime company to pursue boat insurance that covers the most pressing risks to regular operations. With financial recompense ready in case of disaster, businesses should feel more at ease about deploying boats with new hybrid power systems onboard to go about their work.

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