Our team at Ward’s Marine Electric traveled to METSTRADE in Amsterdam last week hosted at the RAI Amsterdam. This will mark the 10th year that Ward’s has visited the boat show in the Netherlands, which has become a global epicenter for super-yacht and mega-yacht production.

Prior to METSTRADE, Ward’s took part in The Superyacht Forum at that same venue, which features innovative networking sessions, partner roundtables, and strategic workshops for industry stakeholders. Kristina Hebert, CEO of Ward’s Marine Electric, hosted and co-hosted two workshops at the event, sharing her insights and industry experience in the marine electric industry.

The first workshop she co-hosted was on Day 2 of the event. The topic discussed was the “YETI – Lifecycle Impact and Refit”, which focuses on how the ground-breaking Yacht Environmental Transparency Index impacts yacht refits, and how the modifications made to a yacht during refit affect its YETI score.

On Day 3, Kristina hosted the workshop “Blue Tape Debate”. It’s focus was on the recent spate of onboard fires we have seen which have been attributed to Lithium ion batteries. Here, she presented on best practices in marine electrical that owners, operators, and even shipbuilders can employ to prevent onboard fires. As yachts have become increasingly demanding of onboard power systems, it’s important for captains and crews to know how to safely and effectively manage these systems.

Next year, Ward’s Marine Electric plans to take part in the Superyacht Forum again. We also plan on having an exhibit at METSTRADE for the first time so we can showcase some of the great work we’ve been doing at Ward’s Marine Electric. More details to come in future announcements.