Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx, the market leader in private and commercial submersibles, breaks the mould with the launch of the NEXUS series. Since 2017, the company has sold more than 20 of its highly successful Cruise Subs to private operators, resorts, and cruise lines.
The NEXUS series comprises two models featuring an ultra-large elliptical acrylic pressure hull with unrivalled passenger comfort. Seating up to eight passengers and one pilot, the NEXUS provides 25 per cent more interior space than competing models, and are depth-rated up to 200 metres (650 feet).
Equipped with the latest lithium-ion battery technology, the subs can operate for up to 18 hours and dive up to ten times a day. 80 guests can participate in an unforgettable sub-sea adventure daily, and the unique revolving seating arrangement featured in the Cruise Subs has been replicated in the NEXUS. Passengers therefore always enjoy the best view, regardless of the direction the submarine is travelling.
The NEXUS subs are designed as multi-directional, meaning they can manoeuvre in any direction without compromise. This is a distinguishing capability only achieved in U-Boat Worx submersibles. Ten silent thrusters provide the power required for top performance and unmatched speed, and the experience and knowledge gained from the development of the Cruise Subs having evolved the new features in the NEXUS series, including an XXL entrance hatch–the largest ever incorporated on a submersible of this size.
For passengers of all ages, the entire boarding process has been streamlined, in keeping with U-Boat Worx’s vision that everyone should be able to experience the oceans in a safe and comfortable manner. A unique feature of U-Boat Worx' flagship submersibles is the optional passenger elevator, also integrated on the company’s C-Researcher models. Thanks to top-mounted diving tanks, the view abeam on both sides is unrestricted by floaters, with ample freeboard. This also leads to a stable boarding platform granting sufficient space for all occupants to stand on deck.
The NEXUS is optimised for ship-based launch and recovery, and can also be deployed from land and transported to dive sites. In addition to the 9-person NEXUS, a marginally smaller and lighter 7-person version is available.