The primary functional need of our vessels is that they can be trusted to repeatedly travel to and from the remotest corners of the earth and across the deepest oceans safely.

The Arksen Series are also required to be repurposed for a wide range of uses. Individuals that purchase our vessels are precisely that, individuals. Not everyone has the same ideals as each other, and therefore we have to design a product that is adaptable to everyone’s needs and aspirations for travel. A couple may wish to have a luxurious layout with a few cabins for a world cruise or a trip across the Southern Ocean. A marine research institution running a series of scientific studies may require lab space, more accommodation, towing equipment and lifting gear for the launch and retrieval of submersibles. A media production company may require easy access to the water for divers and a lot of free deck space for deploying under water equipment or drones.

We design every Arksen vessel so that its internal spaces can be changed to cater for a wide variety of uses – so extending the life of the vessel and preserving value. This is particularly important to us as it ensures that our vessels have the potential for long service lives and multiple uses; so preserving value.

Every design choice across all materials, processes and systems starts from this set of functional needs.

The first precept of industrial design is that the function of a product should determine its design and materials

Yvon Chouinard


All of the Arksen team are experienced adventurers, be it at sea, on land or in the air. From this experience comes a respect for what it is like being out in the elements, depending on the performance of your equipment to keep you safe.

Our vessels are designed to conform to RCD Category A, the highest ocean voyaging class. The structure has been engineered to comply with and exceed Lloyds Register ‘Special Service Craft’ rules to ensure heavy weather capability and improved structural safety. As a vessel that can cope in extreme conditions it is significantly more comfortable when in moderate seas.

The ‘best’ materials to use for construction and interior fit out are not always the easiest to manufacture or the cheapest on the market. For a product that is designed to survive in the harshest environments, only the highest quality and most durable materials will do.

Minimising Environmental Impact

Our approach to this vital design aspect is to not only be aware of what we are doing but to continuously ask ourselves along the way if we are doing enough.

We look at the full life cycle of each material and major component when choosing which ones to use within our designs. Understanding the real and holistic cost of each element is key to minimising the environmental impact of the overall product. This is a significant task in a large vessel because of the vast array of components and suppliers required.

We partner with manufacturing and engineering companies that themselves have holistic environmental and recycling policies and work to ensure that the integration of all the components does not unduly hinder end of life recycling. Beyond that, our choice of construction and fit out materials starts from the premise that they must be sustainable at the source and easily recyclable at the end of life.