Global maritime consultancy expands in Southampton

NASH Maritime at Ocean Village Innovation Centre. From left, Jamie Holmes and Dr Ed Rogers of NASH Maritime, with centre manager Stephen Deller.

A global maritime consultancy in the offshore renewables sector has expanded at a thriving business hub in Southampton.

NASH Maritime now works at a larger office at Ocean Village Innovation Centre (OVIC), having first started out there last year with a virtual address.

The firm, one of 46 at OVIC, currently has a team of six highly qualified professionals and a network of specialist industry associates providing shipping, navigation and marine risk expertise in maritime operations and infrastructure development projects.

Founded by Dr Ed Rogers, with fellow director Jamie Holmes joining soon after, NASH Maritime has been involved in more than 30 offshore renewable projects to date.

Offshore wind is a significant player in decarbonising Great Britain’s energy, with nearly 2,000 fully operational wind turbines.

The current capacity of 8.5GW provides 8% of our annual electricity needs, with anticipated capacity of 30-plus GW from 2030 generating at least one of third of power, meaning a growth of over 300% in the next 10 years.

Dr Rogers said: “Demand comes from the global expanding offshore renewables sector, where we are working with funders, developers and planners on identifying and optimising sites in UK waters, taking these through the leasing and consent process and into construction and operation.”

Jamie, a chartered engineer and project management professional, said: “We’re delighted to be growing our home here at OVIC.

“As a young business with stacks of industry experience going back within the ports, oil and gas and offshore renewables sectors, we have a place of identity which aligns closely with our own, and we are proud to host our clients here.

“There were several attractions for us, from the waterside position, accessibility, proximity to the Port of Southampton, the world-renowned National Oceanography Centre and UK regulator the Maritime Coastguard Agency, to the fact that we now collaborate with other similar organisations on site, sharing industry knowledge and skills.”

Other maritime consultancies at OVIC include DHI Water Environments (UK) and MarineSpace.

Stephen Deller, OVIC’s centre manager, said: “NASH Maritime initially had a virtual office here at OVIC and has expanded since last July, culminating with their recent doubling of office size and with flexibility to further increase its footprint in the years to come without the expense and inconvenience of relocation.”

He added: “NASH Maritime told us how they freed up to focus on their business rather than the distractions of running an office – the OVIC team take care of everything on that side, including IT connectivity, phones, reception service, handling mail and cleaning.”

OVIC is operated by Oxford Innovation, which runs 26 innovation centres across the UK on behalf of building freeholders and property investors.