AMSTERDAM — The international METS Trade Show, which continues through Thursday at Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands, introduced a new feature this year: the METS Trade Theatre Powered by Soundings Trade Only.
Located in the same hall as the USA Pavilion, the site is designed to give show exhibitors a venue where they can present their products and services to customers, peers and the media.
“We value our long association with METS Trade and are proud to sponsor this new stage, which gives great visibility to any exhibitor who wants to book it for a presentation during the show,” Soundings Trade Only publisher Dean Waite said.
Today the METS Trade Theatre hosted the trade show’s inaugural “Pitch the Press” event, which METS marketing communications and PR manager Sigrid Van Der Wel modeled on a similar session held annually at IBEX.
Eight exhibitors took to the stage to make a two-minute elevator speech about a new product, followed by a one-minute question-and-answer session with the media in the audience.
Selected by a panel of five marine journalists attending METS Trade 2016, the products the presenters “pitched” to the press ranged from a marine toilet sanitation system to an ROV capable of diving to nearly 500 feet (150 meters) under the sea.
SeaSmart, by SeaSmart Marine in the U.K. Designed with the concept that bad odors in marine sanitation systems are caused by organisms introduced by flushing with salt water, the system delivers disinfectant to the inlet hose at the seacock. It senses whether the toilet is being used regularly or infrequently and regulates the frequency of the disinfectant injection accordingly. www.seasmartmarine.co.uk
Deep Trekker DTG2, by Canadian manufacturer Deep Trekker Inc. This remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is so compact it falls into the category of “underwater drone.” Used for a variety of purposes, including exploring shipwrecks, observing marine life and hunting for underwater bombs in major ports, it also is a useful tool for marinas and shipyards that can use the ROV to do hull inspections without putting a diver into the water. www.deeptrekker.com
seaEQ Long Fender, by seaEQ GmbH. A slim, flat boat fender that folds up for easy storage, the seaEQ Long Fender was inspired by the fact that boats are getting larger and slips are getting tighter. Its tear-resistant polyester skin encases closed-cell PVC foam. www.seaeq.com
GlowWormy, by German company Fender-Design, is standard marine line with a twist — it glows with a phosphorescent yellow light at night. It was nominated in the DAME Design Award Lifesaving and Safety Equipment category because it can prevent accidents on the dock and in the marina; it also makes an attractive accessory. www.fender-design.com
Marinacloud, by Croatian software company Marinacloud. This marina management software was developed by Marina Punat in Croatia. It not only provides berth management and monitors marina usage, but it also lets marinas interact with their customers. Marina Punat uses it to send weekly photos and service reports owners of boats in its berths, which it said has greatly increased customer satisfaction. www.marinacloud.net
Galéne, by Teckmar and Stable. Billed as a “stabilized boat kitchen,” the marine island galley includes a full range and sink built on Stable’s innovative stabilized platform. Servomotors keep the galley completely level at sea, so the cook won’t spill a drop of hot water. www.teckmar.eu
Sadira Marine Products Folding Bucket, from Spanish manufacturer Sadira. This circular disc surprisingly unscrews to form a pop-up bucket with waterproof PVC sides. Fill it with liquid, and it will stand up by itself. Empty and close it for compact storage. www.sadira.com
Fusion Entertainment, StereoActive. A DAME Design Awards nominee, the New Zealand company Fusion has launched a colorful, compact marine stereo that is waterproof and floats. There also is a companion safe that provides a waterproof storage unit for a cellphone, keys and money. Both easily mount to a paddleboard or other watersports equipment. www.fusionentertainment.com