To consistently push boundaries to produce equipment of the highest standards required by the world’s most demanding marine environments. Which is why, worldwide, we strive to continue to be the maritime industry’s first choice in motion control systems.
Throughout our remarkable history, our core values have proven timeless, and all originate from one fundamental objective: Complete Customer Satisfaction.
We work with speed and accuracy, reliable to the highest level of quality.
We are proactive — relentless in our drive to continuously improve and innovate.
We believe in open and honest communication, active collaboration and shared success.
We operate with integrity and we are inspired by a job well done.
The history of Naiad Dynamics is unlike any in our industry. Please take a brief tour of our important milestones and achievements
John I. Thornycroft & Co. design and field the first actively controlled yacht stabilizer system (moving weight), MY Cecile. This business later merged with Vosper in 1966.
Sperry Gyroscope Co introduces the Ship Anti-Roll Gyroscope, the first actively-precessed gyro-stabilizer for ships. Sperry’s fixed (non-retractable) fin stabilizer business becomes Naiad in 1976.
Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. established as aerospace precision manufacturer (later Naiad Marine Inc. and Naiad Dynamics US Inc.)
Vosper gyroscope-controlled Fin Stabilizer (designed by RN Commander Peter Du Cane, CBE) MY Sea Victory. Vosper Hydraulic Power Division formed.
Vosper Fin Stabilizer in a naval vessel, minesweeper HMS Coniston.
Vosper Fin Stabilizer in a front-line warship, frigate HMS Sirius.
Vosper Ltd (1871) and John I. Thornycroft & Company Ltd (1866) merge to become Vosper Thornycroft Ltd., listed on London Stock Exchange in 1988 (later VT Group plc).
Vosper Fin Stabilizers installed and extensively tested on a Japanese naval vessel, leading to the supply to the vast majority of the Japanese naval fleet.
Vosper mass production the Mini Fin stabilizer for yachts 40 to 65 feet, followed by the Maxi Fin for yachts to 100 feet.
Sperry Marine (inventor of the gyro-compass, and well-established supplier of large retractable fin stabilizers for ships), introduces the Sperry Dol-Fin Stabilizer and Steering Gear for yachts and small ships.
Maritime Dynamics Inc. (MDI) established to support US Navy ship motion control research.
Sperry Marine awarded patent on the Hydro-mechanical Gyroscope control system used in the Dol-Fin and later in early Naiad systems (many thousands eventually installed).
Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. acquires all rights to the Sperry Dol-Fin Stabilizer and Steering Gear product, makes significant design improvements and introduces the product under the Naiad Marine Systems brand.
1st Ride Control System (integrated, simultaneous and automatic control of at least two vessel motions such as roll and pitch) developed by Maritime Dynamics (later Naiad Dynamics).
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) manufacturers Vosper Stabilizers under license for Japanese naval ships.
1990 Teko Electro becomes KoopNautic BV; 1994 reorganized as KoopNautic Holland BV.
1st Magnus effect (rotating cylinder) stabilizers introduced by KoopNautic Holland BV (later Naiad Dynamics). 10 vessels supplied.
US Navy SES 200 Ride Control developed and supplied by Maritime Dynamics (later Naiad Dynamics).
Hydra-Power Systems Inc. (HPS) Marine Division formed, bow thrusters and integrated hydraulics systems (later Naiad Dynamics).
9 vessels supplied.
Vosper Thornycroft (UK) Ltd (later VT Group plc) is floated on the London Stock Exchange.
Naiad exclusive collaboration with renowned stabilization naval architect William L. Blake to produce fin stabilizer systems uniquely designed to retract into a shallow hull pocket.
Naiad R601. 35m ketch Sparkman & Stephens/Glade Johnson.
36m Virgin Butterfly.
US based Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. (Naiad Marine Systems) in its 50th year is acquired by UK based Vosper Thornycroft Ltd.
1st active Trim Tabs for dynamic ship motion control (roll & pitch), by Maritime Dynamics Inc. (later Naiad Dynamics).
Naiad R701. Amels 49m M/Y Maupiti
Integrated Roll Angle, Velocity and Acceleration.
Refit of 55m catamaran Condor 9
Incat 74m wave-piercing catamaran.
Pivoting T-Foil with active flap developed for dynamic ship motion control by Maritime Dynamics Inc. (later Naiad Dynamics). Incat MV Condor 10.
VT Group acquires RG Parker Engineering Ltd (PP Jet waterjet propulsion), rebrands it Vospower waterjets.
30m, 32-knot Catalina Express, followed by all 8 vessels in the Catalina fleet.
Naiad R602. 37m Trident, JB Hargrave M/Y Escape.
102m MV Corsaire 11000
Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. (later Naiad Marine, Inc.) establishes Naiad Marine Florida, Inc.
After collaborating on several innovative Ride Control applications, VT (parent company of Naiad) acquires US based Maritime Dynamics Inc.
1st active Interceptors featuring a curved blade for dynamic ship motion control designed and supplied by Maritime Dynamics Inc. (later Naiad Dynamics)
KoopNautic Holland (later Naiad Marine BV) supplies world’s first active Fin Stabilizer for dynamic roll reduction while a vessel is at zero speed, Amels 71m MY Boadicea. Following this success, at least a dozen zero speed stabilizer systems are supplied to Quantum, the US distributor for Koopnautic at the time.
Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. (later Naiad Marine Inc.) acquires US based Hydra-Power Systems Inc. (HPS) Marine Division.
Developed for 60+ knot 50m MY Alamshar.
VT Group/Naiad acquires KoopNautic Holland BV.
VT Group establishes the division called Vosper Motion Control (Van Dusen & Meyer Inc./Naiad Marine Inc., Naiad Marine Florida Inc., Maritime Dynamics Inc., KoopNautic Holland BV, VT Marine Products/Vosper Hydraulic Power Division, and SG Brown Ltd.)
Designed and introduced by Naiad, thousands produced and sold.
American Bureau of Shipping (also Det Norske Veritas 2000, Bureau Veritas 2001)
Derecktor 41m, 36-knot catamaran ferry Flying Cloud.
Incat 96m wave piercing catamaran, hull 056.
Nichols Bros 44m Jet Cat Express, hull 140.
Naiad DATUM™ Roll Stabilization & Ride Control.
Van Dusen & Meyer Inc. registered name changed to Naiad Marine Inc. to reflect the focus on the company’s marine vs. aerospace business.
Naiad model 820 4 fin. 93m Lurssen.
55m, 40-knot commercial ferry Dolphin Ulsan.
Lockheed Martin SLICE® hull, 29m crew boat, integrated steering & ride control functions (pitch, roll, heave and yaw motion damping)
11m US Navy Special forces vessels.
KoopNautic Holland BV registered name changed to Naiad Marine BV.
61m, 19-knot private yacht White Rabbit. Features 4 actively controlled hull-spanning foils. In 2016 same owner specifies and orders the same design but larger Ride Control System for his new 84m White Rabbit trimaran built by Echo Yachts.
Designed to assist ship Captains, in real time statistically calculates passenger motion sickness rates to assess effects of heading and/or speed changes in prevailing conditions.
Digital controls for 41m A&R private SWATH yacht Silver Cloud (now MY Nurja).
Developed and offered for naval ship applications.
VT Shipbuilding merges with BAE Systems Surface Fleet to become BVT.
US based Naiad Maritime Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries Naiad Dynamics US, Inc., Naiad Dynamics UK Ltd and Naiad Dynamics Holland BV acquire Naiad Marine Inc., Naiad Marine Florida Inc., VT Maritime Dynamics Inc., VT Australia Pty Ltd. and the portion of VT Halmatic Ltd comprising the Vosper Stabilizer business formerly known as the Vosper Hydraulic Power Division.
ND Connecticut manufacturing plant replaces its US Department of Defense Mil-I-45208 quality standard with ISO standard.
Vosper model 8L Fin Stabilizers for (2) 248-meter 27,000-ton Izumo Class Japanese Carriers, largest ships in Japan’s naval fleet since WWII. ND product built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries under license.
Fin area increases at zero speed in ideal direction for optimum AtRest Stabilization. ND awarded US Patent 8,534,211.
Naiad model E522 refit for 37m Turkish yacht. US patent number 10,246,170.
Naiad model E250. Marlow 57 ft MY Polaris. Patent pending.
69m Mulder Design, Benetti MY Spectre, actively controlled fins, canards and interceptors for integrated and automatic control of pitch, roll, and heave.
Naiad Model E574. Wider 150 ft (46m) MY Genesi and 165 ft (50m) MY Cecilia. US Patent 10,946,942.
Naiad Dynamics Asia Pacific Pty Ltd established (Perth, Australia) as part of Naiad Maritime Group.
Naiad Dynamics France Sarl established (La Ciotat Shipyard, France) as part of Naiad Maritime Group.
As the pioneers since the 1970’s in simultaneous multi-axis ship motion control, ND is awarded a US trademark, 5,620,380.
In collaboration with Hull Vane BV, ND enhances the successful static stern foil making it automatically control trim and pitch motion. Integrated with other ND devices as part of a Total Ride Control® package.
ND awarded US Patent (10,538,299) for Predictive Sea State Mapping for Ship Motion Control. Game-changing controls innovation with near & far-field scanning with prediction of the sea surface for optimum motion control response and best heading.
ND awarded US Patent (10,946,942) for Electric Fin Stabilizer design. Robust drive delivers highest torque with zero backlash and low maintenance.
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