55
Navies
65
Firsts
130
Years
14000
Vessels

Our Misson

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.

Core Values

Throughout our remarkable history, our core values have proven timeless, and all originate from one fundamental objective: Complete Customer Satisfaction.

Quality

We work with speed and accuracy, reliable to the highest level of quality.

Innovative

We are proactive — relentless in our drive to continuously improve and innovate.

Collaborative

We believe in open and honest communication, active collaboration and shared success.

Professional

We operate with integrity and we are inspired by a job well done.

History

The history of Naiad Dynamics is unlike any in our industry. Please take a brief tour of our important milestones and achievements

1891
1st Yacht Stabilizer.
1915
Sperry Gyro Stabilizer.
1941
Van Dusen & Meyer.
1950
Vosper Fin Stabilizer.
1956
Stabilizers for the Royal Navy.
1962
Stabilizers for warships.
1966
Vosper Thornycroft.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
1968
Vosper Mini and Maxi Fin.
1970
Sperry Dol-Fin Stabilizer.
1972
Maritime Dynamics.
1973
Hydro-mechanical Gyroscope.
1976
Naiad Stabilizers.
1980
1st Ship Ride Control System.
1984
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Teko Electro (KoopNautic Holland).
1st Rotary (Magnus effect) Roll Stabilizers.
1986
1st Military Surface Effect Ship (SES) Ride Control.
1987
HPS Bow Thrusters.
1988
1st Rotary Swing (Retractable) Magnus effect Roll Stabilizers.
VT goes public.
Naiad-Blake Retractable Fin.
1st Retractable Fin Stabilizer for motor-sailing yacht.
1st Commercial Surface Effect Ship (SES) Ride Control.
1991
VT acquires Van Dusen & Meyer (Naiad).
1st actively controlled Trim Tab for Ride Control.
1st Retractable Fin Stabilizer for an Expedition yacht
1st 3-Term (A-V-A) Controller for yacht stabilizers.
1st Commercial Ferry Ride Control.
1st new-build catamaran Ride Control.
1992
1st SWATH ship Ride Control.
1st actively controlled T-Foil for Ride Control.
Vospower waterjets.
1994
1st monohull Ride Control.
1st Retractable Fin Stabilizer designed for a GRP hull.
1995
1st Commercial ferry Ride Control with Integrated Autopilot.
1996
Naiad Marine Florida.
VT acquires Maritime Dynamics Inc.
1st concave Interceptor blade.
1997
1st manufacture & supply of fins used at zero speed (AtRest).
VT Naiad acquires HPS.
1998
1st High Speed Retractable-Fin Ride Control.
VT acquires KoopNautic.
Vosper Motion Control.
1999
MultiSea™ Angle-Velocity-Acceleration stabilizer control system.
1st Class-approved Ride Control with Autopilot.
1st Active Interceptor for Ride Control.
2000
1st Retractable T-Foil for Ride Control.
1st Strike-Tolerant Active Interceptor for Ride Control.
2001
1st CAN Bus networked Digital Control System and 1st Adaptive Control.
2003
Van Dusen & Meyer renamed Naiad Marine.
2004
1st AtRest Stabilizer & 1st TackAssist using active fins for a motor-sailing yacht
1st Trimaran Ferry Ride Control.
1st Sea SLICE Ride Control.
2005
1st Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Ride Control.
KoopNautic renamed Naiad Marine.
1st Trimaran Yacht Ride Control.
2006
1st Motion Sickness Incidence (MSI) Indicator.
2008
1st SWATH Yacht Ride Control.
1st fully Electric Fin Roll Stabilizer.
VT Shipbuilding-BAE systems.
2009
Naiad Dynamics formed.
2010
ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation.
2013
248m Naval Ship Stabilizers.
Variable Geometry Fin
2014
1st Electric Linear Actuator Fin Stabilizer for use at zero speed (AtRest®).
2015
1st Electric Harmonic® Drive Fin Stabilizer.
2016
1st Monohull Yacht Ride Control.
1st Electric Galaxie® Drive Fin Stabilizer.
2017
Naiad Dynamics Asia Pacific.
2018
Naiad Dynamics France.
Total Ride Control Trademark
2019
Dynamic Hullvane
2020
ND Predictive Sea State Mapping Patent
2021
Electric Fin Stabilizer Patent
John I. Thornycroft
1891

1st Yacht Stabilizer.

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 Gyro Stabilizer
1915

Sperry Gyro Stabilizer.

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.

1941

Van Dusen & Meyer.

Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. established as aerospace precision manufacturer (later Naiad Marine Inc. and Naiad Dynamics US Inc.)

1950

Vosper Fin Stabilizer.

Vosper gyroscope-controlled Fin Stabilizer (designed by RN Commander Peter Du Cane, CBE) MY Sea Victory. Vosper Hydraulic Power Division formed.

1956

Stabilizers for the Royal Navy.

Vosper Fin Stabilizer in a naval vessel, minesweeper HMS Coniston.

1962

Stabilizers for warships.

Vosper Fin Stabilizer in a front-line warship, frigate HMS Sirius.

1966

Vosper Thornycroft.

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).

1966

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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.

1968

Vosper Mini and Maxi Fin.

Vosper mass production the Mini Fin stabilizer for yachts 40 to 65 feet, followed by the Maxi Fin for yachts to 100 feet.

1970

Sperry Dol-Fin Stabilizer.

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.

1972

Maritime Dynamics.

Maritime Dynamics Inc. (MDI) established to support US Navy ship motion control research.

1973

Hydro-mechanical Gyroscope.

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).

1976

Naiad Stabilizers.

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.

Total Ride Control
1980

1st Ship Ride Control System.

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).

1984

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) manufacturers Vosper Stabilizers under license for Japanese naval ships.

1984

Teko Electro (KoopNautic Holland).

1990 Teko Electro becomes KoopNautic BV; 1994 reorganized as KoopNautic Holland BV.

Naiad Dynamics Magnus Effect Stabilizer
1984

1st Rotary (Magnus effect) Roll Stabilizers.

1st Magnus effect (rotating cylinder) stabilizers introduced by KoopNautic Holland BV (later Naiad Dynamics). 10 vessels supplied.

1986

1st Military Surface Effect Ship (SES) Ride Control.

US Navy SES 200 Ride Control developed and supplied by Maritime Dynamics (later Naiad Dynamics).

1987

HPS Bow Thrusters.

Hydra-Power Systems Inc. (HPS) Marine Division formed, bow thrusters and integrated hydraulics systems (later Naiad Dynamics).

Naiad Dynamics Magnus Effect Stabilizer
1988

1st Rotary Swing (Retractable) Magnus effect Roll Stabilizers.

9 vessels supplied.

1988

VT goes public.

Vosper Thornycroft (UK) Ltd (later VT Group plc) is floated on the London Stock Exchange.

Naiad Dynamics Retractable Fin Stabilizer
1988

Naiad-Blake Retractable Fin.

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.

1988

1st Retractable Fin Stabilizer for motor-sailing yacht.

Naiad R601. 35m ketch Sparkman & Stephens/Glade Johnson.

1988

1st Commercial Surface Effect Ship (SES) Ride Control.

36m Virgin Butterfly.

1991

VT acquires Van Dusen & Meyer (Naiad).

US based Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. (Naiad Marine Systems) in its 50th year is acquired by UK based Vosper Thornycroft Ltd.

Naiad Dynamics Trim Tabs for Total Ride Control
1991

1st actively controlled Trim Tab for Ride Control.

1st active Trim Tabs for dynamic ship motion control (roll & pitch), by Maritime Dynamics Inc. (later Naiad Dynamics).

1991

1st Retractable Fin Stabilizer for an Expedition yacht

Naiad R701. Amels 49m M/Y Maupiti

1991

1st 3-Term (A-V-A) Controller for yacht stabilizers.

Integrated Roll Angle, Velocity and Acceleration.

1991

1st Commercial Ferry Ride Control.

Refit of 55m catamaran Condor 9

1991

1st new-build catamaran Ride Control.

Incat 74m wave-piercing catamaran.

1992

1st SWATH ship Ride Control.

Swath Ocean.

1992

1st actively controlled T-Foil for Ride Control.

Pivoting T-Foil with active flap developed for dynamic ship motion control by Maritime Dynamics Inc. (later Naiad Dynamics). Incat MV Condor 10.

Naiad Dynamics VosPower Waterjet
1992

Vospower waterjets.

VT Group acquires RG Parker Engineering Ltd (PP Jet waterjet propulsion), rebrands it Vospower waterjets.

1994

1st monohull Ride Control.

30m, 32-knot Catalina Express, followed by all 8 vessels in the Catalina fleet.

1994

1st Retractable Fin Stabilizer designed for a GRP hull.

Naiad R602. 37m Trident, JB Hargrave M/Y Escape.

1995

1st Commercial ferry Ride Control with Integrated Autopilot.

102m MV Corsaire 11000

1996

Naiad Marine Florida.

Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. (later Naiad Marine, Inc.) establishes Naiad Marine Florida, Inc.

1996

VT acquires Maritime Dynamics Inc.

After collaborating on several innovative Ride Control applications, VT (parent company of Naiad) acquires US based Maritime Dynamics Inc.

Naiad Dynamics Active Interceptor
1996

1st concave Interceptor blade.

1st active Interceptors featuring a curved blade for dynamic ship motion control designed and supplied by Maritime Dynamics Inc. (later Naiad Dynamics)

1997

1st manufacture & supply of fins used at zero speed (AtRest).

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.

Naiad Dynamics Bow Thruster
1997

VT Naiad acquires HPS.

Van Dusen & Meyer, Inc. (later Naiad Marine Inc.) acquires US based Hydra-Power Systems Inc. (HPS) Marine Division.

1998

1st High Speed Retractable-Fin Ride Control.

Developed for 60+ knot 50m MY Alamshar.

1998

VT acquires KoopNautic.

VT Group/Naiad acquires KoopNautic Holland BV.

1998

Vosper Motion Control.

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.)

Naiad Dynamics MultiSea II Fin Stabilizer Control
1999

MultiSea™ Angle-Velocity-Acceleration stabilizer control system.

Designed and introduced by Naiad, thousands produced and sold.

1999

1st Class-approved Ride Control with Autopilot.

American Bureau of Shipping (also Det Norske Veritas 2000, Bureau Veritas 2001)

1999

1st Active Interceptor for Ride Control.

Derecktor 41m, 36-knot catamaran ferry Flying Cloud.

Naiad Dynamics Retractable T-Foil
2000

1st Retractable T-Foil for Ride Control.

Incat 96m wave piercing catamaran, hull 056.

2000

1st Strike-Tolerant Active Interceptor for Ride Control.

Nichols Bros 44m Jet Cat Express, hull 140.

Naiad Dynamics DATUM Fin Stabilizer Control
2001

1st CAN Bus networked Digital Control System and 1st Adaptive Control.

Naiad DATUM™ Roll Stabilization & Ride Control.

2003

Van Dusen & Meyer renamed Naiad Marine.

Van Dusen & Meyer Inc. registered name changed to Naiad Marine Inc. to reflect the focus on the company’s marine vs. aerospace business.

2004

1st AtRest Stabilizer & 1st TackAssist using active fins for a motor-sailing yacht

Naiad model 820 4 fin. 93m Lurssen.

2004

1st Trimaran Ferry Ride Control.

55m, 40-knot commercial ferry Dolphin Ulsan.

2004

1st Sea SLICE Ride Control.

Lockheed Martin SLICE® hull, 29m crew boat, integrated steering & ride control functions (pitch, roll, heave and yaw motion damping)

2005

1st Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Ride Control.

11m US Navy Special forces vessels.

2005

KoopNautic renamed Naiad Marine.

KoopNautic Holland BV registered name changed to Naiad Marine BV.

2005

1st Trimaran Yacht Ride Control.

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.

2006

1st Motion Sickness Incidence (MSI) Indicator.

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.

2008

1st SWATH Yacht Ride Control.

Digital controls for 41m A&R private SWATH yacht Silver Cloud (now MY Nurja).

2008

1st fully Electric Fin Roll Stabilizer.

Developed and offered for naval ship applications.

2008

VT Shipbuilding-BAE systems.

VT Shipbuilding merges with BAE Systems Surface Fleet to become BVT.

Naiad Dynamics Logo
2009

Naiad Dynamics formed.

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.

2010

ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation.

ND Connecticut manufacturing plant replaces its US Department of Defense Mil-I-45208 quality standard with ISO standard.

2013

248m Naval Ship Stabilizers.

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.

Naiad Dynamics Variable Geometry Stabilizer Fin
2013

Variable Geometry Fin

Fin area increases at zero speed in ideal direction for optimum AtRest Stabilization. ND awarded US Patent 8,534,211.

Naiad Dynamics Electric Fin Stabilizer
2014

1st Electric Linear Actuator Fin Stabilizer for use at zero speed (AtRest®).

Naiad model E522 refit for 37m Turkish yacht. US patent number 10,246,170.

Naiad Dynamics Electric Fin Stabilizer
2015

1st Electric Harmonic® Drive Fin Stabilizer.

Naiad model E250. Marlow 57 ft MY Polaris. Patent pending.

Naiad Dynamics Total Ride Control
2016

1st Monohull Yacht Ride Control.

69m Mulder Design, Benetti MY Spectre, actively controlled fins, canards and interceptors for integrated and automatic control of pitch, roll, and heave.

Naiad Dynamics Electric Fin Stabilizer
2016

1st Electric Galaxie® Drive Fin Stabilizer.

Naiad Model E574. Wider 150 ft (46m) MY Genesi and 165 ft (50m) MY Cecilia. US Patent 10,946,942.

2017

Naiad Dynamics Asia Pacific.

Naiad Dynamics Asia Pacific Pty Ltd established (Perth, Australia) as part of Naiad Maritime Group.

2018

Naiad Dynamics France.

Naiad Dynamics France Sarl established (La Ciotat Shipyard, France) as part of Naiad Maritime Group.

2018

Total Ride Control Trademark

As the pioneers since the 1970’s in simultaneous multi-axis ship motion control, ND is awarded a US trademark, 5,620,380.

Dynamic Hullvane
2019

Dynamic Hullvane

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.

2020

ND Predictive Sea State Mapping Patent

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.

Naiad Dynamics Electric Fin Stabilizer
2021

Electric Fin Stabilizer Patent

ND awarded US Patent (10,946,942) for Electric Fin Stabilizer design. Robust drive delivers highest torque with zero backlash and low maintenance.

Team

The Naiad Dynamics team blends the knowledge of seasoned industry experts with the fresh perspectives of young professionals.

Management & Administration

John D. Venables President & CEO Tel: +1 203.944.1932 Email: jvenables@naiad.com
Susan C. Venables Administrative Manager Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: svenables@naiad.com
Geoff Charles Finance Director Tel: +44 (0) 2392.53.9750 Email: gcharles@naiad.com
Colleen Coccaro Human Resources Manager Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: ccoccaro@naiad.com

Department Managers

Chris Pappas Global Engineering Manager Tel: +1 301.690.2010 Email: cpappas@naiad.com
Buddy Rice Global Production Manager Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: brice@naiad.com
Vic Kuzmovich Global Service Manager Tel: +1 954.797.7566 Email: vkuzmovich@naiad.com
Cesar Ribas Quality Assurance Manager Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: cribas@naiad.com
Glenn Henry European Service Coordinator Tel: +44 (0) 2392.53.9750 Email: ghenry@naiad.com
David Yish US Service Coordinator Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: dyish@naiad.com

Sales & Applications

Steve Colliss Commercial & Military Tel: +44 (0) 2392.53.9750 Email: scolliss@naiad.com
Sando Nicolia Yachts and Leisure Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: snicolia@naiad.com
Marc Kemmerling Yachts and Leisure Tel: +31 (0) 43.604.9200 Email: mkemmerling@naiad.com
Brendon Westerhout Asia Pacific Tel: +61 (0) 451.699.676 Email: bwesterhout@naiad.com
Andrew Ricks Applications Tel: +1 203.929.6355 Email: aricks@naiad.com