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HISWA Flying the Flag at FLIBS

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HISWA Holland Yachting Group will showase the Holland Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week, the first time for some years that a group of leading Dutch superyacht companies has exhibited together in this way. The companies in the pavilion will be joined by a further 10 top Dutch yards and marine equipment suppliers with their own stands or exhibiting yachts. 

The Holland Pavilion hosted by the HISWA Holland Yachting Group will be the hub for a range of presentations and activities by the association’s members and offers a great place to meet with clients.

Exhibitos include motion control expert DMS Holland, technology integrator Van Berge Henegouwen, De Keizer Marine Engineering, Quintessence Yachts (builder of the new Aston Martin powerboat), Kuiper Dutch Marine Panels and Rondal. Amels, Feadship, Hakvoort Shipyard, Heesen Yachts, Heinen & Hopman Engineering, Naiad Dynamics, Oceanco, Radio Zeeland, Royal Huisman and Van der Valk Shipyard will have their own dedicated stands around the show.

Dutch Industry

Holland will therefore be very well represented in what will be a major highlight in the yachting calendar.

"In the wake of the global financial crisis, a number of very active Russian buyers came to prominence,” comments Jeroen Sirag, Export Director at HISWA Holland Yachting Group.

“This group of clients has now been reduced due to by economic factors and the superyacht sector is seeing the return in force of potential buyers from the US and Europe. Our increased presence in Fort Lauderdale reflects this shift. Dutch companies are widely recognised as world leaders in superyacht construction and maritime equipment, and we intend to keep it that way. Our commercial strategy is to focus more on strengthening our presence in four regions – Asia Pacific, the Gulf, Europe and, especially, North America.”

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Dutch Presence on the Global Market

Sirag also makes clear that the Dutch superyacht industry will be keeping a close eye on the global market. “This is a billionaires’ market where increases in size must be matched in quality, where warranties and after-sales service are becoming ever more important, and where geo-political challenges are an issue to be reckoned with.

Healthy competition is vital to survival in a high-demand marketplace; it keeps us sharp, fresh and ahead of the game. Companies who are smart enough to focus on a specific market segment and clearly stand out from the crowd will remain, or become, the market leaders of the future. And that is why I believe that the specialist Dutch superyacht cluster will keep leading the industry today and for many years to come.”

HISWA Member Highlights at FLIBS

Feadship is presenting the 83.5m Savannah, the first hybrid superyacht, the largest to be given a metallic paint livery, and the winner of the WSA Motoryacht of the Year awards. Feadship will also have an interactive model of their Future Concept Choice at its stand.

Amels will showcase the DAMEN yacht support vessel, 55m Fast & Furious, which carries larger tenders, toys, diving gear and submersibles, facilitates safe helicopter operalo ations and allows the mother yacht to reach shallow anchorages off limits to larger yachts. Amels was also keen to illustrate the short delivery time and excellent value for money offered by the range.

Meanwhile, Oceanco’s brand-new 102m Spectrum will make her debut at FLIBS, and several models of the yard’s most recent projects will also be on display, including the 86m Seven Seas designed by Nuvolari Lenard and three 90m yachts – Moonstone by Van Geest Design, Spirit by Winch Design and Yasmin by Espen Øino – and 

DMS will exhibit its AntiRoll damping system for yachts over 100 feet - a unique, dual-axis fin stabilizer providing unparalleled stability underway and at zero speed. The fin is retractable and can be partially folded into the hull to minimise resistance while under way.

Shipbuilders Heesen are proud to exhibit the 70m Galactica Super Nova, its largest yacht to date. Designed by Espen Øino, this aluminium displacement yacht has a top speed of 30 knots, a swim-jet infinity pool with waterfall, glass-panelled bottom and spa jets, and an vast indoor/outdoor entertainment area.

Following the successful debut of the first Moonen Matica motoryacht in Cannes and Monaco earlier this year, the next in the Caribbean line is the groundbreaking 37m 350GT Martinique, just over a year from delivery. Moonen CEO, Emile Bilterijst, will meet with potential new owners on board two Moonens on display at FLIBS - the 26m Etoile d’Azur and 42m custom-built Sofia.

The stunning 61m Just J’s by Hakvoort Shipyard will be on display next to the yard’s stand, the largest yacht launched by the yard so far and one of a select number of vessels in her size range to feature five decks.

The Royal Huisman stand will feature various superyacht models, embodying the yard’s Spirit of Individuality slogan. These include an 81m contemporary schooner due for delivery in 2020 (one of four under construction) and its DART65 and DART80 motoryachts.

For more information please contact:
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