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Newest developments in design to kick off METSTRADE

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Written by
Gemma Fottles

The 24th International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction will kick off the METSTRADE week at the RAI Amsterdam. The two-day symposium will focus on a variety of subjects, developments and cutting-edge technology, from the optimisation of electric propulsion for fast yachts to the hydrodynamics of wind-assisted ships.

The programme of the International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction is intended for builders, designers, scientists, engineers and R&D experts, as well as students with an interest in the yacht building industry. The 2016 edition will focus on data monitoring, sustainability, hybrid propulsion, advanced propulsion, structural limits, design limits and sailing yachts.

Renowned universities, knowledge institutions and companies from around the globe will share their findings with the audience, one of which will be Kasper Uithof, project manager at Hull Vane. Damen will also present its unique SeaXplorer expedition yacht. “More and more owners are heading to geographically and climatically extreme areas of the world,” says product director, Mark Vermeulen. “A trip to the Arctic asks more in terms of resistance to storms and ice or self-sufficiency in food and fuel than standard yacht designs can provide. Damen engineers have pulled out all the stops to meet the strict IMO Polar Code without compromising on the luxurious accommodations.” The Damen lecture will explain the development of the SeaXplorer, including its ‘double acting hull’ concept.

The two-day symposium will serve as one of the introductions to the METSTRADE week and a prelude to its main event, the METSTRADE Show, which takes place from 15th to 17th November. More information can be found on the recently launched METSTRADE online community.

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