Concept Design

Adopting new and emerging technologies to develop a new concept design in line with current and future offshore energy trends

In order to meet NEXUS overall objectives of improving the future offshore energy sector by reducing the lifetime vessel and logistic cost for servicing offshore wind farms by 20 per cent and Co2 emissions by 30 per cent, new and novel concept designs for Service Operation Vessels and logistical solutions are required. Operational efficiency is addressed in WP2, considering both energy efficient technologies and efficient ways of performing the operational tasks. WP5 conducts a feasibility study based on concept designs including all stakeholder perspectives and identifying design requirements, operation scenarios and state-of-the-art technology. WP7 further develop the feasible concepts and provide overviews of critical compliance and performance parameters including design measures for cost effective manufacturing.

Simulation and Testing

Validating the developed concept through simulation and model testing

Operating vessels and wind farms in more hostile offshore environments challenges the service demands of the new design concepts. Simulation and testing will enable and secure competitiveness and cost leadership through optimization and validating robust design requirements. Moreover, the HSE and offshore regulation requirements will be integrated through simulation and model testing emphasizing efficient and safe operations. Capabilities in simulation and testing increase flexibility, support decision-making processes and validate business cases. Simulation and design optimisation tools will be used in WP5 for concept evaluation and selection. WP8 test and validate the vessel design, construction, operation and performance through desktop and real simulations. WP10 ensures the quality, exploitation and dissemination of the overall NEXUS project.

Business Solutions

Developing robust decision-making models to provide guidance on strategies for managing risk from perspective of key actors to achieve the collective goal of meeting vessel capability needs and reduced costs.

Building useful decision models to assess business risk is challenging because we need to balance conformance with the theoretical modelling properties as well as to respect the variables and relations expressed by practising domain subject matter experts.  Our objectives are to develop and implement methods for eliciting judgemental assessments from relevant practitioners to both structure and populate the decision model, as well as to develop innovative statistical inference for sound analysis of business risk across the key actors involved in the vessel design, build and use.
Not only shall we inform the choices made within the NEXUS project for a new service operations vessel solution, but we also aim to develop a general methodology with wider application.

Safety and Cyber-security

Proposing specialised safety regulations to enable design improvements, and ensuring connected systems cyber security

When developing innovations in designs the risks may not be properly addressed by existing regulations. Moreover, existing regulations may be challenged when a new design is developed. The objective is therefore to assess and document the safety level of new innovative solutions. 


New SOV technologies and solutions for:

30% lower Co2 emissions

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20% life cycle cost reduction

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New and specified safety regulations

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Latest News

NEXUS dissemination webinar: recording & slides available!

NEXUS dissemination webinar: recording & slides available!

With the project approaching its end, the NEXUS consortium invited stakeholders of the offshore wind energy sector and the public to an open dissemina...

NEXUS at the Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

NEXUS at the Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

As part of the Nexus dissemination activities, Dr Iraklis Lazakis from the department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME) at...

NEXUS Consortium welcomes Dr Ian Belton

NEXUS Consortium welcomes Dr Ian Belton

The NEXUS project is delighted to welcome to its team of experts Dr Ian Belton from Strathclyde Business School, who will help us deliver real busines...


The NEXUS project is being carried out by a consortium (co-led by ARTTIC and Rolls-Royce Marine) made up of 6 recognised and experienced key players from 4 different EU member states. The consortium consists of ARTTIC, Rolls-Royce Marine AS, University of Strathclyde, GONDAN Shipbuilders, DNV GL AS, Global Marine Group and SINTEF Ocean

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