Naiad in China
This week John is in China, currently at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai. Today he made a 20-minute presentation to a large audience of Chinese marine industry companies on the New Zealand boat design and building industry, and specifically Naiad's activity around the world. Naiad, along with other leading NZ marine companies Hamilton Jet, Hella, Fusion and BEP are all exhibiting on the large New Zealand stand at the show, with great support from NZ Trade and Enterprise.
Earlier in the week John visited the Qingdao pilot station, who in February took delivery of their Naiad 23m pilot boat (pictured below). This is the largest Naiad to date, and was built by Chinese licensed builder Aurora Yachts. Powered by twin Cat C32 engines developing 1081kW each, this boat reaches its design speed of 30 knots and cruises at 24-25 knots. It services the outermost pilot transfer point in Qingdao, some 20 miles off the coast, where pilots transfer to guide in the largest bulk carriers in the world known as "Chinamax ships" - up to 360m long, 65m beam, and 24m draught.