Looking to the future during the HISWA Symposium 2018
What are the real trends and essential developments in the shipbuilding industry right now?
This was the question that a knowledgeable selection of industry professionals addressed at the latest HISWA Symposium in Amsterdam – a significant event for the Dutch maritime industry which Heesen Yachts has long supported.
With a rich maritime history, the Netherlands has an impressive reputation to uphold when it comes to building boats. That is why HISWA, TU Delft and RAI Amsterdam have been collectively organising this international symposium accompanying the METSTRADE Show since 1968. The goal of the symposium is to share scientific knowledge regarding the design and construction of yachts for the benefit of all in the industry. With innovation a critical driving force at Heesen Yachts, this goal is something we very much support as an event partner.
Looking to the future
The 2018 edition of the HISWA Symposium was hosted from 12th to 13th November and was themed: ‘Back to the Future’. In the RAI in Amsterdam, engineers, architects and scientists discussed the latest trends and innovations, such as significant developments in sustainability in the field of battery technology and hybrid-drives. New construction materials were also an interesting topic of discussion, particularly into super-thin materials that are stronger than many traditionally used materials, as was the subject of smart technology, and how this sector will evolve to affect the experience of comfort in yachting.
The symposium is not only a fantastic event for industry discussion but also to reach out to the next generation of shipbuilders who can also find a platform to present fresh ideas. With more and more students choosing Heesen Yachts to undertake their graduation projects with, events like the HISWA symposium are essential. This year, TU-student Sander Bos presented his innovative Tidal Project during the symposium. Sander studies Industrial Design at the TU in Eindhoven and designed an interactive wall that transports the movement and experience of the waves on board. The project is the first step in the initiative to create interactive superyachts.