Behind the Scenes of Project Ocean

Last month the first Arksen 85 went into build at Wight Shipyard Co. We are now pleased to share with you a quick look behind the scenes at the team of experts working on bringing the recycled aluminium Explorer Vessel to life. As ‘Project Ocean’ develops, between now and her delivery in Spring 2022, we will be sharing with you an in-depth look into the team, designs, materials and processes involved in creating a capable, long-range, eco-conscious exploration vessel.

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New Partner Hydro

We have talked before on the use of aluminium and the reasons why we believe it’s the ideal material to build the Arksen range. With the Arksen 85 ‘Project Ocean’ currently in production, at Wight Shipyard Co., we are delighted to share that Hydro, a global supplier of aluminium, will be supplying the aluminium for Arksen vessels. 

Low Carbon Aluminium

Hydro’s purpose is to create a more viable society by innovatively and efficiently developing natural resources into products and services. A value that is aligned with our own, Hydro are passionate about minimalising their footprint and producing more sustainable materials. 

This partnership with Hydro provides us with access to low-carbon aluminium as well as an abundance of aluminium expertise in developing cost-effective, efficient and strong solutions for the marine industry. 

Hydro has provided us access to both rolled and extruded marine-grade aluminium, made from a combination of process scrap and recycled aluminium, combined with primary aluminium which offers a low-carbon alternative, manufactured using renewable energy. In turn, aiding our journey to create a fleet of more-sustainable exploration and research vessels. 

‘Project Ocean’ will be built with Hydro Njørdal, in the form of aluminium extrusions and sheets, that are strong yet light and corrosion-resistant, making them suitable for life at sea. Hydro Njørdal is an alloy stronger and more durable than other aluminium alloys. Allowing for an innovative light-weight design, it will also contribute to greatly reducing energy consumption.

‘Project Ocean’ in production at Wight Shipyard Co. using Hydro aluminium.

Olly Hicks, Executive Director of the Arksen Foundation commented:

“Hydro’s knowledge and experience has enabled us to better understand the material benefits both for the vessel and for the environment. We were impressed with how Hydro are working with their partners to deliver smarter solutions and for highlighting what should be the preferred choice in the industry. This is something that we want to help champion as well.”

Hydro has been involved early on within the Arksen project, providing insights into optimising the aluminium construction as well as designing for recycling. 

David Goddard, UK Sales Manager at Hydro, states that “Only a small percentage of boats in Europe are recycled.” Commenting that “Projects like this from Arksen are a step in the right direction for the potential of recycling materials in the marine sector.” 

Read more on ‘Project Ocean’ going into production earlier this year here

Arksen Origins – Peter Morton

Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard Co. discusses his sailing past, the future of yachting and why he is enthusiastic about building the Arksen Explorer Vessels.

Find out more about the Explorer Vessels here>>

Arksen partners with Praxis

Arksen has partnered with Praxis Automation Technology to develop the hybrid propulsion systems and vessel management systems for its 20-30m range of explorer yachts. The Netherlands-based technology company develops, manufactures and delivers innovative ship automation, navigation and electric propulsion equipment for all types of vessels and shares many common goals with Arksen, notably the joint desire to design and build a more sustainable and environmental-conscious ocean-going vessel.

Jim Mair, Arksen’s Technical Director, has been integral in the development of this new partnership:

“When deciding upon the powering and propulsion for the Arksen range of vessels, it was vitally important that we found not only the most suitable equipment package, but the right partner to work with on the development of this most crucial of vessel systems. Praxis Automation offered not only an excellent package for the key powering, energy storage, distribution and propulsion systems we were seeking, but also a well-proven vessel control and monitoring system, that along with Arksen Control, will underpin a new wave of marine automation. The impressive level of integration and redundancy possible with the Praxis Automation system, combined with their team’s approach to reliability and safety, fits perfectly with the core technical values of Arksen.”

Arksen and the Praxis Automation project team are already working closely on the systems engineering of the current Arksen 85, with hull one entering production early 2020. This exciting process, along with discussions around future R&D projects, has really highlighted the synergies between the two companies, when it comes to innovation and the commitment to providing 24/7 global support to a client base of ambitious adventurers. The partnership, already working in a creative and dynamic fashion, has enabled both companies to push their designs, opening new ideas and solutions to the industry.

The first of the Arksen Series, the Arksen 85, will boast a full hybrid propulsion package and energy management system supplied by Praxis Automation, further cementing Arksen’s commitment to being industry leaders in innovation and technology. With an expected range in excess of 7,000nm on a single tank of fuel, with solar increasing silent running times the Arksen 85 will take on much larger vessels in terms of capability, with a significantly lesser usage of fossil fuels and energy consumption. Facilitating a new breed of explorer to take to the water, Arksen is determined to make exploration more accessible and sustainable.

Benjamin Van Dam, Sales Director at Praxis Automation Technology comments on the partnership:

“By combining the latest technologies in electrical energy storage systems powered hybrid propulsion, with state-of-the-art automation and navigation systems, we are working towards making Arksen vessels clean, smart, efficient and of course comfortable. In line with the Arksen philosophy we feel we are a part of bringing the vessels to the forefront of a revolution within the marine industry and create a new approach to long distance offshore sailing in a sustainable way. We salute Jasper Smith and his team for materialising this project and selecting Praxis Automation as their technology partner for this challenging and visionary explorer yacht venture.”

Arksen is undeniably committed to producing the world’s most capable and technologically advanced explorer vessels, and this key partnership is another step in the journey to becoming the industry leader. Arksen’s range of vessels start at 70ft, up to 140ft for special projects. Arksen will be exhibiting at boot Düsseldorf on stand 7aB24, from the 18th – 26th January, to get in touch with the team, or to arrange a meeting, contact

New pioneering project developments

With just days to go until the world’s largest boat and water sports fair opens its doors to the public, Arksen is inviting visitors to its official press conference at boot Düsseldorf 2020. A series of project announcements will be made on Saturday 18 January at 10:00CET (local time) at the Arksen stand, in the new location of Hall 7a B24.

A year on from the company’s first introduction to the marine industry at the same show, Arksen is set to present a compilation of exciting new project developments, part of the brand’s three fundamental areas; The Arksen SeriesArksen Foundation and the Arksen Explorers’ Club

A unique, pioneering experiential ownership model, the Arksen Adventure Syndicate will provide a platform to increase access to Arksen’s range of exceptional explorer vessels, encouraging more people to explore the world’s oceans and in turn, create a profound positive impact. This membership will afford families the opportunity to enjoy a shared ownership, alongside other like-minded adventurers, giving them earlier access to life-enhancing experiences, whilst working with Arksen to help change the world through its marine research initiatives.

Visitors attending the show will have the opportunity to sign up to the syndicate at the Arksen stand throughout the week.

Partnering with leading travel and yacht expedition specialists, PELORUS, Arksen will launch a brand-new initiative enabling people to embark on once in a lifetime voyages. The Arksen Explorers Rally powered by PELORUS will provide a number of adventures with the first event scheduled for 2021.

Through the Arksen Explorers Rally, like-minded people will come together to not only challenge themselves but to discover new places by getting off the beaten track, experiencing some of the wilder places the world has to offer. Participants with capable vessels will be provided with all the necessary support and infrastructure to conquer this series of life-enriching expeditions, along with fully-mapped itineraries.

During the Press Conference, record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete and newly appointed Arksen Foundation Executive Director, Olly Hicks, will introduce the Foundation’s latest campaign, 10% for the Ocean. This pledge, to be taken by the Arksen community, individuals, families and companies, is designed to address a global and systemic problem; that only 1% of all charitable funding goes to supporting ocean-related causes.

“The Arksen project has progressed well since its launch in January 2019 and has been going from strength to strength. The Arksen Foundation and Explorers’ Club have been setting down deep roots and we’re delighted to be returning to boot Düsseldorf to introduce the new developments to the project,” explained Chief Operating Officer, Ewan Hind.

The Arksen team will be on-hand throughout the week, welcoming guests to learn more about the development of the company’s 20-30m range of eco-conscious, hybrid explorer vessels, as well as the latest company updates. To book an appointment with the Arksen team, contact

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boot Düsseldorf 2020

Come and visit us at Düsseldorf Boat Show 2020, 18th – 26th January, in our new location hall 7a stand B24. The Arksen team will be there to talk about our exceptional explorer vessels, latest projects from the Arksen Foundation, the updates to the Arksen 70 design and our new syndicate ownership model. We will also be launching new adventures from our Explorers’ Club including a brand new rally.

Düsseldorf Boat Show is the world’s leading water sports fair on 220,000 m², 17 exhibition halls and 19 themed areas. For more information on what you can expect at the boat show click here.

To book your appointment please email or fill out our contact form.

Watch the highlights form last years show:

New Tech Blog Launch

We are excited to have launched the first in a series of tech blogs which document the intricacies our technical team have gone through to create the most advanced, efficient and stable explorer vessel in its class.

Keep up to date with all blogs and articles by following our Medium page, and you can read the first edition in the series which examines the thought processes that went into the selection of the stabilising system here.

Arksen – One to Watch

Arksen is ‘One to Watch’ as one of the most innovative and impactful companies of 2019

Arksen is a leading example of an innovative British business that is empowering investors to address a major global challenge whilst seeking competitive returns. In developing a series of semi-autonomous ocean-going vessels that are capable of reaching some of the ocean’s most extreme and challenging environments, Arksen’s mission is to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal No.14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Just 10 months after launching the company, Arksen has already been recognised for its impact, influence and investor potential by being named ‘One to Watch’ for the ‘UK’s Most Impactful Investment’ at the 2019 Intelligent Partnership Growth Investor Awards.

The success of Arksen to date can be largely attributed to its major funding partner Vala Capital, itself recognised as an ‘Industry Rising Star’ at the Awards and finalist for ‘Industry Game Changer’. Vala is an investment firm led by entrepreneurs that take a long-term view, fully integrating sustainability research and insights into a rigorous framework of traditional financial analysis while aligning incentives with the interests of investors. Indeed, Vala believes that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is key to long-term business growth and that strong sustainability is linked to strong investor returns.

Vala understood that the opportunity to back such a progressive company in Arksen would move the ocean agenda forward and would encourage change throughout the industry whilst creating the opportunity for attractive and sustainable capital returns. Certainly, with an order book for the vessels gathering momentum, this strategy appears to be welcomed by those in the private sector who wish to invest as a tool for change.

Whilst the Arksen vessels are multi-purpose to allow for both leisure and commercial activities to be pursued, the company employs an innovative ownership programme that mandates owners to donate a proportion of time at sea to scientific research. The Arksen Foundation is a non-profit company that actively contributes to research programs to support the identification of new species as well as the preservation of existing ones.  Alongside this sits the Arksen Explorers’ Club, which curates off grid expeditions for the Arksen fleet and its owners.

Speaking of becoming the ‘One to Watch’, Arksen Founder Jasper Smith said:  
“The marine industry is at a turning point. Traditionally, investors have avoided the sector because it has had limited scale. But with the mobility revolution fully underway, unprecedented demand for access to the oceans and a thriving market for new vessels and new technologies, this environment enables us to create recurring revenue.

“It’s great to be recognised for our vision to ‘do good’ as well as to target attractive financial returns. Sustainability and technology are at the core of the Arksen mission and by reinventing the modern explorer vessel, we are empowering a new generation of sailor, explorer, adventurer and scientist to develop a more profound understanding of our oceans. We expect to operate the world’s largest private fleet of research vessels within a few years.

“This recognition highlights that sustainable business can, and should be, aligned with investor prospects and growth.  As we bring our other products on line we hope to offer everyone who is passionate about the ocean the very best tools to access it and in a manner that is consistent with our transition to a low carbon society.”

James Faulkner of Vala Capital said “we are proud to have been recognised for our investment strategy which includes placing a strong emphasis on ESG and sustainable development. Arksen is at the forefront of a revolution in the marine sector and we believe that the company will become a major brand within it over the next few years”. 

The Growth Investor Awards enlisted a two-stage judging process ensuring credibility to the esteemed honours. Stage one saw finalists selected under the guidance of an impressive Advisory Board before category winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges. 

“The Growth Investor Awards have rightly become a landmark event in the calendars of the UK’s SME investment community. For one evening each year we celebrate the inspiring individuals and leading organisations whose talents and commitment helps UK entrepreneurs to power Britain’s economic growth”, said Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership.

He continued, “To be awarded the ‘One to Watch’ in such a competitive field of entrants is a huge achievement.”

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

For more information about the awards, visit

The Arksen team will be at the boot Düsseldorf Boat Show, stand 7aB24 this January. To arrange a meeting, contact

Jasper speaking at the Superyacht Forum

Taken from Superyacht News:

We are delighted to announce that on Monday 18th November at the RAI, Amsterdam, Jasper Smith will open The Superyacht Forum 2019 and inspire over 800 delegates with his invaluable experience as a venture capitalist, investor, technological entrepreneur and advocate of doing things differently with The Arksen Foundation.

In order to build for the next generation, we must seek out role models who have successfully navigated their way through business, to understand the lessons they have learnt along the way, and the ways in which they keep the momentum going when times get tough.

The Superyacht Forum welcomes Arksen founder, Jasper Smith, who will share a personal insight into his career to date, including his motivations to build a new business in the yacht space with sustainability, adventure, and discovery as the project’s DNA. Smith will reveal what he believes is on the horizon for the next generation, as well as what the customers of the future will want from the sea and yachting, and the new type of journey they will be requesting.

“Our mission is to inspire a new generation of explorer, sailor, adventurer and scientist; motivating them to go further, for longer and in support of projects that empower global audiences to better understand, protect and nurture the world’s oceans” – Jasper Smith, Founder – Arksen

SuperyachtNews spoke to Jasper Smith and Ewan Hind (COO – Arksen) about the businesses various updates as we approach and the key goals for the company. “Arksen is a technology and adventure company designing the ultimate marine exploration vessels, with the aim to develop the world’s largest fleet of research capable vessels. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of explorer, sailor, adventurer and scientist; motivating them to go further, for longer and in support of projects that empower global audiences to better understand, protect and nurture the world’s oceans.”

Created out of a deep-rooted commitment to help promote behavioural change in the way that we use and understand the ocean, Arksen places a focus on showing the industry and the world that it is possible to re-think the way we do things, and that holding sustainability and technology at the core of a business is a must if businesses want to be guardians for future generations – a focus that will be explored over the course of the three days at The Superyacht Forum 2019.

When considering our theme for this year’s Forum, Building for the Next Generation, Smith commented, “My children were at the climate protests in London this summer. They, and millions like them around the world, have done a better job at provoking change in the last 12 months than we have done in the last decade. The level of change that we need can only be delivered by governments cooperating unilaterally and globally. But our children are doing a great job at stimulating the debate and communicating. They are a powerful catalyst for change. We should be universally proud of their achievements and rally behind their efforts.

“We feel that owning an Arksen vessel is not a status symbol, but a statement of intent and we are looking to build a like-minded community of owners.” – Jasper Smith, Founder – Arksen

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New Chief Operating Officer

Arksen, the eco-focused technology and innovation company building and supporting autonomy ready vessels for adventure and exploration, has today announced the appointment of Ewan Hind as Chief Operating Officer to the company. 

With 25 years of commercial experience under his belt, Hind brings a wealth of knowledge to the project gained from roles including Director of Lewis Marine Consulting and Senior Project Manager at Oyster Yachts, notably delivering the recently completed first of class Oyster 1225 Superyacht. 
Hind commented on his new position with the Arksen project:

“It’s exciting to be part of an ambitious company at an early stage, and I’m looking forward to being part of the team as it grows.“I was first attracted by the Arksen explorer vessels; perfect platforms for adventures and expeditions, that allow access to incredible places but with a very light footprint. However, the more I learnt about the concept and ethos of Arksen as a whole, including the Arksen Foundation and the Explorers’ Club, the more interested I became. I love that these vessels will be used not only for adventure but also for research and education and will not spend their lives tied to a dock!”

Ewan Hind – Arksen COO

Focusing on the wider positive impact the company is driving within the industry, he continued:
“The increasing prioritisation of sustainability within the marine industry creates a fantastic opportunity to innovate, to be at the forefront of this change, and to develop technologies to increase sustainability within the marine industry and beyond.”

Hind, a qualified Chartered Engineer, Naval Architect and large yacht Captain, is no stranger to the challenges and demands of the world’s oceans. A keen sailor with a deep love for the sea, Hind has been involved in boats his whole life from designing, building and sailing them. With over 100,000 sea miles behind him, he’s ticked off many bucket list adventures including circumnavigating the globe as a Skipper in the gruelling biannual Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Jasper Smith, Founder of Arksen, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ewan to the Arksen project as we continue to grow our team. Ewan brings a great depth of skill and knowledge of the marine industry that will be highly valuable in the delivery of our initiatives such as the Arksen Foundation and the Explorers’ Club, and as a whole, our wider company strategy to help drive a sustainable marine future.”

Ewan and his team will attend the Monaco Yacht Show next week and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October. To arrange a meeting with the team, contact

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