NEXUS – meaning a point of connection – bridges the gap between people and the ocean, providing a truly immersive aquatic encounter
For centuries, the Netherlands has been synonymous with world-class maritime innovation. U-Boat Worx is proudly continuing this tradition by leading the global submersible market. Since becoming an industry leader in submarine design, construction, and operations, we see our commitments to safety, quality and service as the major reasons for our ongoing success.
The desire to explore the deep has existed since the dawn of humanity. The popularization of scuba-diving brought the oceans within reach. Unlike scuba-diving, a manned submersible can take us deeper, in safety and comfort – without any risk of decompression.
The dream of creating a superior submersible, available to the general public, began in the 1980s. Bert Houtman, founder of U-Boat Worx, had the revolutionary idea to create submersibles that would not only be operated by the military or large oceanographic research institutes, but also for the private sector. He realized that to do that, he needed to build his own.
Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx breaks the mould with the launch of The Nexus series.
U-Boat Worx is the market leader in private and commercial submersibles. 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 unrivaled passenger comfort. Seating up to eight passengers and one pilot, The Nexus provides 25% more interior space than competing models. The Nexus subs are depth-rated to 200 meters (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.
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.
The experience and knowledge gained from the development of the Cruise Subs has 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.