Naiad Maritime Group, a US provider of ship stabilization systems, has registered a new business in Western Australia – Naiad Dynamics Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. Based in Fremantle, Brendon Westerhout will head the office as business development manager, Asia Pacific.
“This expansion is designed to help us better serve our luxury yacht, commercial ship and military ship customers in the Asia-Pacific region, and foster continued growth,” says Naiad CEO JD Venables. “While Naiad has served the region for decades from our existing operations, the distance can be a challenge for close working contact and timely customer support. Our aim is to improve our responsiveness.”
In addition to projects throughout Asia, Naiad has two significant superyacht projects currently under construction in Western Australia – the 85m Silver Yachts M/Y Silver Loft, featuring a Naiad Dynamics AtSpeed & AtRest roll stabilization system, and the 84m Echo Yachts M/Y White Rabbit Golf luxury trimaran featuring a highly advanced Naiad Dynamics Total Ride Control system.
Naiad says it will continue to operate from a core of established Naiad Dynamics subsidiaries in Connecticut, Maryland and Florida in the US, as well as in Southampton, UK and Maastricht in the Netherlands, plus a network of authorised independent dealers.
The decision to invest in Western Australia was simplified by the opportunity to hire local resident Westerhout, says Venables. “Brendon brings a wealth of experience across many of the marine industry sectors in which we operate, from superyachts to commercial ships. He has both land-based marine project management/build captain experience – including for Greg Norman Yachts International – as well as significant seagoing experience as a licensed 3000 GT Master for yachts and a Commissioning Captain within the high-speed ferry sector for Austal Ships.”
Naiad Dynamics Asia Pacific Pty Ltd is based in Fremantle, Western Australia with its registered office in Perth.