While long-known for having a progressive approach to technology, the introspective moments of 2020 and 2021 have seen New Zealand’s marine industry take innovation and run with it.
A category-leading remotely operated vehicle and game-changing Multibeam Sounder technology are just some of the products to discover when the New Zealand marine industry brings its hive of innovation to METS next week.
With 12 New Zealand companies represented at the world’s largest marine trade show, held in Amsterdam, 16-18th November, visitors to the New Zealand and Superyacht Pavilions can expect to see the surprising effects the last couple of years have had on the southern hemisphere nation’s marine sector. While long-known for having a progressive approach to technology, the introspective moments of 2020 and 2021 have seen New Zealand’s marine industry take innovation and run with it.
METS’ international audience who visit the New Zealand stand can look forward to high performance products that move the industry forward in effectiveness and performance, while retaining the country’s signature approach to sustainability.
In the Superyacht Pavilion, ENL will have a true game changer on display. WASSP™ Multibeam Sounder technology is a new technology with the ability to profile the seabed 100 times faster than single beam echo sounders, allowing users to see what’s beneath the boat with accuracy and resolution unlike ever before, at a significantly reduced cost. With the WASSP 3D mapping in real-time, accurate profiles encompassing 120° port-to-starboard of the water column and seafloor can be made with unparalleled precision to reveal artefacts, fish, wrecks, and foreign objects.
In the New Zealand Pavilion, Hall 2, global leader in underwater foul release coatings, Propspeed will present its products, including an ultra-slick topcoat, specially formulated to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline, and proven to increase boat efficiency, protect against corrosion, reduce drag, and save fuel and maintenance costs.
Boxfish Research creates remotely-operated vehicles (ROV) which have revolutionised the market. Capable of capturing full-frame 4K ProRes RAW video at 30 frames per second, with patented active stabilisation and eight 3D-vectored thrusters, Boxfish has expanded the possibilities for humans to understand, experience and work within the underwater world.
HamiltonJet has taken a future-ready approach to its waterjet models. Supplying models from 270kW up to 5,500 kW in power, it’s using smart control technology to keep crews and vessels safe, improve decision making, efficiency and productivity and future-proof investment. Its systems are modular and scalable, with the company also using its expertise to integrate hybrid electric technology into vessels around the globe.
New Zealand Pavilion exhibitor, Fusion’s stand has become a notable one over the years. Connoisseurs of quality sound flock to Fusion, which provides award-winning marine audio equipment purpose-built to deliver exceptional audio in the harshest marine environments.
Award-winning composite manufacturer, TruDesign has launched a 3” Ball Valve Range fittings for the larger end of the Seacock market. The range is ultra light weight, while delivering strength and remaining corrosion-free; made from composite materials, they are ISO 9093-2 and ABYC-H27 compliant.
Known for reframing the panel mounting process, Fastmount has innovated again with its new Stratlock Rail System. The Stratlock Rail System provides boatbuilders with a complete, integrated and purpose-built system for building deckhead and wall framework substrates to attach interior paneling to.
With the ability to make an uneven wall or ceiling perfectly level, and limitless construction possibilities, Connect with Fastmount and other New Zealand companies and their innovations including C-Tech, Manta5, ecostore and Lloyd Stevenson Boat builders, at the New Zealand stand in the New Zealand pavilion, while fellow Kiwi exhibitors C-Quip, and ENL/WASSP will be on show in the Superyacht Pavilion, Hall 7.
If you’re visiting METS, be sure to check out the complete line up of kiwi companies showcasing their products.
C-Quip manufactures the finest carbon fibre superyacht equipment for yachts over 50 metres. Products include carbon fibre swim ladders and boarding stairs along with tender management solutions and telescopic lightmasts. C-Quip offers products from an extensive range, or work with clients to build custom designs. C-Quip leads the market with products that are elegant and, quite simply, engineered better. Their carbon fibre range exceeds performance expectations due to its high strength and low weight and our attention to details.
WASSP™ Multibeam Sounder technology is a true game-changer. Through research and development new technology was developed with the ability to profile the seabed 100 times faster than single beam echo sounders, allowing users to see what’s beneath the boat with accuracy and resolution unlike it had ever been seen before, at a significantly reduced cost. With the WASSP 3D mapping in real-time, accurate profiles encompassing 120° port-to-starboard of the water column and seafloor can be made with unparalleled precision to reveal artefacts, fish, wrecks, foreign objects and more. WASSP is a brand and product line developed by Electronic Navigation Limited (ENL), a company with 75 years’ experience in marine sounder, radar and communications. They say “Our passion and commitment to real innovation is what sets us apart. We consistently bring game-changing technology to market, with cost-effective products that are easy to operate to make your life at sea easier”.
Fusion® A Garmin Brand is an industry leader in marine audio entertainment – the range of innovative marine stereos, speakers and amplifiers are purpose-built for the harsh marine environment, designed and engineered to deliver the best on-water audio experience to your boat.
Propspeed develops high-performance products that make marine craft more efficient and economical to run and maintain, with an eye toward doing the least harm to humans and the marine environment. Propspeed manufactures and distributes Propspeed, recognised globally as the leading product for preventing marine growth on underwater metals. Biofouling –the accumulation of marine life on ships’ hulls –increases drag and costs the global shipping industry an estimated $7.5 billion a year in wasted fuel. Based in New Zealand, where sailing excellence is culturally ingrained, Propspeed has become a worldwide phenomenon throughout the marine industry.
Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders
Based in New Zealand, Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders have been producing custom boats for over 30 years, making them one of the most experienced yards operating from the world’s most innovative boating nations. More than that, they are one of the few truly custom boat builders in operation today. They say, “We partner with you to craft a tender that meets your exact requirements and exceeds all expectations. Quality and Integrity are our highest values. We can produce a tender for any setting, any sea, any capacity, and any task. Let our team of passionate craftspeople work with you to deliver an exceptional custom tender of uncompromising quality”..
C-Tech Carbon Technologies
C-Tech is a premium carbon fibre composites manufacturer. They have a proud yachting history and extensive experience across a broad range of applications. Their design team has an innovative mindset, practical engineering skills and extensive knowledge of composites that they have used to successfully engineer products for a diverse range of applications.
Fastmount is an award-winning New Zealand company designing and manufacturing hidden fasteners specifically to service the marine, architectural, aviation and recreational vehicle industries globally. With boatyards in over 50 countries using the Fastmount Panel Mounting System, its exceptional performance in the marine sector has since attracted companies in the architectural, recreational vehicle and aviation industries to use Fastmount products. Fastmount’s global network of agents and distributors combines extensive experience in the marine industry and understanding of the architectural and interior design sectors. For more information about Fastmount visit
Hamilton Jet currently has 20 different jet models starting from 270kW up to 5,500 kw in maximum power rating and our market experience is extensive. As a preferred supplier to boat builders, naval architects and marine operators, they have installed over 60,000 waterjets into vessels around the globe, including offshore, pilot, rescue, fire, military, patrol, windfarm, fast ferry, fishing, aquaculture and recreational applications. Hamilton Jet is still a family-owned company employing over 400 staff in all aspects of waterjet design, production, sales and service and has over 54 Distributors around the world, as part of the company’s global reach program
TruDesign specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of composite certified Marine Valves, Skin Fittings (Thru Hulls) and associated products. The recently launched 3” Ball Valve Range, brings light weight, strength and corrosion free fittings to the larger end of the Seacock market. Made from composite materials they are Compliant to ISO 9093-2 and ABYC-H27.
New Zealand Marine
New Zealand’s marine industry is a recognised leader in the global marketplace, with an international reputation for innovative excellence and competitive manufacturing. NZ Marine is the trade association (Export, Industry and Training) linking nearly 500 companies nationwide to represent and grow this successful New Zealand industry.
ecostore was founded on New Zealand’s Northland coast in 1993. Part of a group that created an eco-village nestled in a valley dotted with streams and surrounded by native forest, the Rands set out to make their home as clean and green as the land they called home. By creating hardworking, highly effective products for people and their home, removing harmful or unnecessary chemicals, the ecostore ethos has always been to put people’s health first and give them the choice to live clean.
Using the same technology as America’s Cup sailboats this Hydrofoil eBike opens up a whole new cycling frontier. Suitable for a wide range of fitness levels, riders can explore ocean coastlines, train along waterways, or cruise lakeside with friends and family.
Boxfish Research designs and manufactures industry-leading, actively stabilised, ultra-high-definition underwater drones and 360 cameras for submerged asset inspection, biosecurity search & rescue, marine science, luxury superyachts, offshore energy, aquaculture, VR/AR and cinematography. Boxfish Research incorporates cutting edge technology with ease of use and advanced sensing to expand the possibilities for humans to understand, experience and work within the underwater world. New release, Boxfish Luna can record full-frame 4K ProRes RAW video at 30 frames per second, giving filmmakers maximum flexibility in post-production to complement console control. A lightweight fibre-optic tether allows data transfer speeds of 10 gigabytes per second, enabling users to monitor 4K footage with near-zero latency on the surface console. Patented active stabilisation and eight 3D-vectored thrusters allow movement in full six-degrees-of-freedom, enabling the capture of underwater footage similar to aerial drones.
Each of these Kiwi companies will be showcasing a variety of products and technology suitable for all aspects of the marine industry and beyond. It’s been a challenging 20 months for the industry with lockdowns forcing limitations however as the world knows, kiwis will always find a way.
Having a presence at this edition of METS will once again put New Zealand at the forefront of minds.