A growing maritime consultancy at Ocean Village Innovation Centre (OVIC) on the south coast of England is set to increase on-site workspace.

Britain’s green energy surge in offshore renewables has seen the NASH Maritime team triple over the past year alone and also expand its network of associates.

The company, launched 2.5 years ago by Jamie Holmes and Dr Ed Rogers, has benefited from in-house business support by Southampton-based OVIC and an IT hardware grant from Solent Local Enterprise Partnership during the pandemic.

NASH Maritime, which first started out at OVIC with a virtual address before physically moving in to a serviced office, is looking to ultimately expand the team to upwards of 20 across the UK and internationally.

With 67 flexible office spaces over 30,000 sq ft, OVIC is operated by UKSPA member Oxford Innovation, which runs innovation centres across the UK, including Fareham Innovation Centre, next to Solent Airport, on behalf of building owners and property investors.

Latest project successes for NASH Maritime include working for a number of bidders on the Crown Estate 8 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity in England and Wales, with NASH Maritime’s clients successfully winning nearly 3 GW in the auction of seabed leases.

A further 10 GW of capacity is currently being offered in Scotland and NASH Maritime is utilising powerful new computers, acquired through a Solent LEP Covid-19 grant, to run cutting-edge programmes remotely for bidders.

These include complex geospatial constraint analysis and navigation risk models which feed into the design of the offshore windfarms and also the subsequent Environmental Impact Assessments.

The UK is reportedly on course to meet its initial target of 40GW operational capacity by 2030 – enough to power every home – in a race to limit the damaging impact of global warming caused by fossil fuels.

Jamie said: “NASH Maritime is proud to play a role in the global energy transition, developing a net-zero carbon future for the UK.

“Our growth, which sees us shortly moving into our third office at OVIC, has been helped by the sage advice from OVIC’s in-house Innovation Director, Monika Dabrowska.

“Along with mentoring and strategy, Monika signposted us to a range of innovation grants, including the one from Solent LEP which enabled us to purchase powerful PCs for remote use.

“OVIC is a cracking environment for small companies like NASH Maritime, allowing us to be flexible on space requirements, draw upon the complimentary business support and collaborate with other on-site maritime consultancies such as MarineSpace and DHI Water Environments UK.”

In a new and developing technology frontier, NASH Maritime is also developing a market leading position in floating windfarms, having been appointed as the shipping and navigation consultant on the first two proposed floating windfarm projects in England and Wales.

As well as renewables and energy sectors, the firm specialises in maritime and port infrastructure development projects.

Recent highlights on the River Thames include developing Transport for London’s proposed clean ferry service between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf and providing navigation risk expertise on the Hammersmith Bridge refurbishment project. NASH Maritime has also recently provided navigation risk services during the construction of Tilbury2, Forth Ports new terminal just east of Dartford on the Thames.

Closer to NASH Maritime’s office, the firm is advising Solent Gateway on their proposed Marchwood Port Development Project – viewable across Southampton Water from the window of NASH Maritime’s office.

Stephen Deller, OVIC Centre Manager, said: “NASH Maritime has grown in stature immensely since first taking root here and is making great strides in delivering expertise in shipping, navigation and risk in the offshore energy and maritime sectors.

“Away from the UK, the firm is consulting on offshore wind renewables in the United States, part of President Biden’s energy transition from carbon dependence, with similar opportunities in Asia.”

“It’s great to see how our in-house business advice, which is one of the many benefits of occupancy, has helped NASH Maritime, as it has for more than 135 other start-ups and early-stage firms here at OVIC and Fareham Innovation Centre.”

NASH Maritime’s multi-disciplinary team includes experienced maritime professionals, master mariners, doctorate level maritime risk specialists, data scientists and engineers.

OVIC also has another occupier involved in renewables – tooling and process engineering specialist DFS Composites works internationally on wind turbine blades.