METSTRADE 35th anniversary
Amsterdam | 15 - 17 November 2023

Conferences and stages

The extensive show programme ensures that visitors and exhibitors will never have a dull moment. See below an overview of the different conferences and stages during the last show edition of METSTRADE.

Breakfast Briefing

The traditional kick-off of the METSTRADE show took place on November 15th 2022.  TED Fellow and ICAS Aerospace Innovation Award recipient, Cory Combs, gave the Breakfast Keynote Speech. In “Paragon or Pariah? Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities from the Sky to the Sea”, Combs explained a key takeaway from his experience at Ampaire – to start small and iterate with the technology and infrastructure that exists today, rather than waiting for silver bullet solutions. Cory’s presentation on how leisure marine can become a model for introducing innovation in sustainability was followed by the keenly awaited announcement of the 2022 DAME Design Award winners.

Location: Forum, Entrance E
Time: 08.00 – 09.30 (breakfast at 08.00)

Please note that this event was for exhibitors, members of the Young Professional Club and VIP-guests only.


METSTRADE Theatre was centred in the heart of the show floor in the Elicium (hall 13). During the days several panel discussions took place hosted by our knowledgeable partners, who highlighted the many innovations in the market during interesting sessions. Some of the topics where: sustainability challenges and solutions, the next 30 years of superyachts, the future of onboard superyacht technology, the move to electric and more!

METSTRADE Young Professionals Club

Young Professionals Club

The METSTRADE Young Professionals Club brings together marine industry professionals from under 35 years. It offers both an on- and offline environment to facilitate networking amongst young professionals within the industry. The dedicated Young Professional Lounge at METSTRADE is the face-to-face environment where you will meet your peers, grow your network and obtain inspiration from leading industry practitioners.


Boat Builder Awards

Boat Builder Awards 2022

The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, jointly run by IBI and METSTRADE celebrates excellence in boat builders and the individuals, teams and supply chain partners that make them great. This prestigious and widely recognised awards programme has been supported since inception by headline sponsor, Raymarine. 

The Boat Builder Awards 2022 took place on Tuesday, November 15 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


METSTRADE The Superyacht Forum Live

The Superyacht Forum Live

Market leaders, decision-makers and influencers from around the world gathered for a series of strategic meetings and workshops around the overarching theme 'Evolve or Repeat'. The theme for this flagship event in Amsterdam marks an evolution of the superyacht industry’s premier educational and networking platform. Last year’s programme brought together six incredible, visionary keynote sessions from technology experts outside of yachting in the world of aerospace, automotive, energy, architecture and future materials.
The Superyacht Forum Live had energetic networking sessions, experiential activities, a streamlined, focused programme, and of course a much-missed social programme to celebrate the key milestone of our 30th-anniversary!


International HISWA Symposium yacht design and construction

27th International HISWA Symposium

Referring to the energy transition which represents a considerable challenge for the yacht construction sector, last year’s theme of the International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction was 'Get Energized’. The 27th Symposium took place 14 & 15 November 2022. Designers, yachtbuilders, suppliers, yacht brokers etc. were happily invited to participate and meet & greet with collegues in the marine industry.


METSTRADE HISWA Jachthaven Symposium

HISWA Marina Symposium

The 2022 edition of the HISWA Marina Symposium focussed on market developments for marinas in the Netherlands. Innovation was the main theme for last year’s symposium. HISWA Holland Marine Industry organized this symposium exclusively for its members, both inside and outside the marina industry.

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)

The NMEA hosted two sessions during the show.

Tuesday November 15, 1300-1430, Room D201
Get Ready for OneNet - The High-Bandwidth Marine Ethernet Solution

The OneNet Standard is now released and provides manufacturers a common network infrastructure for marine devices and/or services on IPv6. All OneNet application protocols, such as PGN Messages, are designed to use a standard IPv6 network protocol stack. NMEA OneNet brings new levels of flexibility using IPv6 and the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Local Area Network. OneNet provides a common network infrastructure for marine devices and can support high-bandwidth applications such as audio/video data transport.

Wednesday November 16, 1300-1430, Room D201
NMEA 2000 Field Applications

The NMEA 2000 Standard has grown to be the main data interface in the recreational marine industry. In this session, new NMEA 2000 message suites and their applications will be outlined for electric propulsion, lighting control, and remote vessel monitoring. The modern vessel and its users want to control all aspects of the boat from the Multi-Function Display (MFD) located at all helms and other critical areas. NMEA 2000 provides the means for certified electronic components and sensors on the vessel that can report status or provide user control to be viewed on certified displays.

Women in the Marine Industry International

Women in the Marine Industry International

Wednesday 16th November, 08.45 - 10.30 hrs
METSTRADE Theatre, Elicium

Last year METSTRADE, in collaboration with British Marine and Soundings Trade Only, launched a new event specifically focused on female professionals working within the leisure marine industry: Women in the Marine Industry International.

The breakfast kicked off with an opportunity to network followed by an industry leadership panel, which took a deep dive into opportunities and challenges prevalent to women working within the marine industry.