Nexus is a Horizon2020 project

Towards game-changer service operation vessels for offshore windfarms

The project will tackle the operation and maintenance services of offshore windfarms and will, by introducing new enabling and derivative technologies, develop a references concept for a service operation vessel partially powered by batteries

  • MSRC tackles the safety implications
  • The vessel will be developed to TLR5
  • Kick-off November 2017 with a 3-year duration


The NEXUS project is an initiative backed by the EU through the H2020 programme which aims to reduce the costs of maintaining wind farms and thus securing the growth of offshore wind energy sector.

Nexus has a total budget of 4.4 million euros of which 3.3 million will be financed by the EU.

The three-year long NEXUS project ultimately aims to deliver an advance service vessel concept optimised for maximum performance and safety with minimised lifetime cost by 20 per cent and with reduced CO2 emission by 30 per cent compared to current state of the art vessels.


Objectives of the NEXUS project

The main objective of the NEXUS project is to develop new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) designs and business concepts to meet the urgent and growing needs of the offshore wind operations and industry.

As wind farms are moving further offshore, operations and maintenance (O&M) providers are following them into more hostile waters with more challenging service demands. The relatively high cost of wind farm maintenance today has a negative impact on the competitiveness of offshore wind produced electricity. In addition, the current safety requirements limit design and operational flexibility. Future vessels to service the offshore windfarms will have to be both more efficient and safe.



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under agreement No 774519

Maritime Research Centre logo