AMSTERDAM – The 2022 Metstrade show (Nov. 15-17) will focus on sustainability and energy transition in lectures, seminars and product demonstrations in the RAI events center here. True to tradition, Metstrade will again be the world’s leading platform for professionals in the leisure marine equipment industry. It starts on Nov. 15 in the RAI center’s auditorium with a Breakfast Briefing (only open for exhibitors and guests) featuring a surprising keynote speaker.

Cory Combs is co-founder of Ampaire, a US start-up developing a hybrid-electric aircraft. He chose to start small and use today’s technology and infrastructure rather than wait for technical miracles. Cory will share how he believes recreational boating can be a model for innovation in sustainability. His address is then followed by the announcement of the 2022 DAME Design Award winners.  Other events:

The 2022 Metstrade Theater (Elysium, Hall 13) is the stage for panel discussions throughout the day, organized by Metstrade partners. They will highlight innovations in such areas as sustainability, the next 30 years of superyachts, the future of superyacht technology on board and the transition to electric.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: The Metstrade Young Professionals Club (YPC) brings together young talent from the industry with different backgrounds. It provides online and offline environments for networking. A dedicated lounge for meetings will be exclusively for the 450 Facebook group members. A special program offers to ‘meet & greets’ with prominent yacht building sector people, tours and a networking event. The free membership is for under-35 professionals.

BOAT BUILDER AWARDS: The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement presentation, jointly organized by IBI and Metstrade, takes place at the National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum) in a dinner-and-entertainment program. Main sponsor: Raymarine. The event has been moved to the evening of Nov. 15, the show’s opening day. There are 100 entries for competition in 10 categories. www.boatbuilderawards.com

ONENET SESSIONS: Now that the OneNet Standard has been released, offering manufacturers a common network infrastructure for maritime devices and services on IPv6, there will be two special meetings. In room D201 in the Elysium (Nov. 15 / 1300-1430): OneNet provides common network infrastructure for maritime devices and can support high-bandwidth applications, such as audio/video data transport. At the same time and location on Nov. 16, there’ll be a session on the NMEA 2000 standard. New NMEA 2000 message suites and their applications will be outlined for electric propulsion, light control and remote vessel monitoring.

SUPERYACHT FORUM LIVE: Industry leaders, decision-makers and influencers gather for a series of strategic meetings and workshops themed “Evolve or Repeat.” The theme marks an evolution of this educational and networking platform of the superyacht industry. The program comprises six keynote sessions by technology experts from aviation, aerospace, automotive, energy and architecture. See www.superyachtnews.com.

WOMEN IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY: On Nov. 16 (0830-1000) at the Metstrade Theater (Elysium), a new event is geared toward female professionals in yacht building. Metstrade is organizing it in partnership with the British Marine trade association and the trade magazine Soundings Trade Only. The breakfast is a networking opportunity, followed by a panel of industry leaders debating opportunities and challenges of women working in the maritime industry. See mets@britishmarine.co.uk.

HALLS GALORE: Halls 9, 10 and 11 house the Superyacht pavilions. Holland Yachting Group hosts a Holland Pavilion. Hall 12 is for large yacht equipment, the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) and the Italian pavilion, in cooperation with Confindustria Nautica. The I-nnovation Lab is in the Elysium Ballroom, displaying the DAME product entries. The Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) is part of Hall 5. Hall 7 is kept on hand for a possible expansion of the exhibition floor. There are 19 country pavilions.

FREE ENTRANCE: Those who register by Nov. 8 through www.metstrade.com get in for free. See: www.metstrade.com