Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Nautilus, the off-shore deep water industrial and technological consortium is born




The constitution of NAUTILUS FLOATING SOLUTIONS SL, an industrial and technological consortium made up of ASTILLEROS DE MURUETA, TAMOIN, VELATIA and VICINAY MARINE INNOVACIÓN, four leading companies in advanced technology with presence in international markets and the applied Research Centre, TECNALIA, has been signed today, with the aim of becoming the world leader in the development of floating platforms for the off-shore wind power market .

The beginning of this new company, at a time of economic difficulty, proves that Basque industry is active and committed to the future and the creation of economic activity.

Therefore, NAUTILUS takes its first steps, which will enable semi-submerged floating platforms, which can be used in locations where the depth of the seabed does not allow for existing grounded solutions, to be developed in the medium and long term.

This new technological and industrial development will undergo a pilot test in a testing channel in 2014 to commence production of commercial units as of 2016, whereby it is expected to have a positive impact on Basque industrial activity. 

Floating Platforms

Semi-submerged floating platforms are ideal for depths in excess of 60 metres (of which there are many areas around the world).

The advantages of the structure are based on its design, which allows for manufacturing in conventional shipyards, assembly of the wind turbine in port and towing and installation using conventional boats Furthermore, the current design of NAUTILUS allows 5 MW wind turbines to be hosted, but the objective is to reach up to 10 MW.

Floating solutions are emerging as the main contenders of the future in offshore wind power generation as they respond to the need to move platforms into deeper waters where wind power is more abundant and constant and the visual impact is less, hence allowing for more powerful wind turbines.

NAUTILUS is a diversification opportunity for the industrial companies participating in the new company as they can access an emerging worldwide market with huge business prospects in addition to their existing capacities.


ASTILLEROS DE MURUETA forms part of a privately owned industrial group with more than 60 years experience in the design and construction of all kinds of vessels. The cargo vessel "Punta Begoña" was the first vessel built, as a result of the enthusiasm with which ASTILLEROS DE MURUETA was founded in the river of Gernika in 1943. Considered to be an international benchmark in vessels, such as tuna freezing purse seiners, such enthusiasm remains intact today and is reinforced through the experience obtained in the construction of over 200 vessels. The use of the most advanced technology and the highest qualified workforce in the engineering and construction process is the key to ensuring the most efficient vessel adapted to the client's requirements, whilst guaranteeing optimum safety and sustainability for a long life in the ocean.


TAMOIN is a business group concentrating its activity on engineering solutions applicable to industrial plants, ranging from construction to maintenance engineering, maintenance of client facilities and plants, optimising their life cycle, performance, availability and profitability. This mission includes specialised presence in the wind energy sector, developing specific engineering programmes applied to leading technologies in the sector.


TECNALIA Research & Innovation is the first Private Applied Research Centre in Spain and one of the most relevant centres in Europe; with 1,500 experts, from over 27 different nationalities, focusing on transforming knowledge into GDP to improve people's quality of life, by creating business opportunities for companies. Inspiring Business is a synthesis of two concepts that go hand in hand: imagining and making it come true. TECNALIA's differential value.


VELATIA is an international industrial and technological group which operates in the field of electrical networks, electronics and communication networks, as well as consultancy, safety and aeronautics in which safety, efficiency and reliability is valued. It is a group with over 3,000 professionals all over the world. VELATIA is composed by companies are committed to innovation to meet the present and future needs of its customers.


As a result of the solid experience of the Vicinay family throughout more than 200 years of commitment and effort, VICINAY Marine has become the world leader in the supply of chains and mooring systems for the offshore industry. Today, VICINAY Marine has more than 600 people working in the marine and offshore mooring business with a world-wide representation and product quality that is recognised by the best known companies in the industry. Exporting to more than 30 countries, VICINAY Marine has become the leading producer of world class mooring lines, offering customised solutions to fulfil the requirements of each customer.


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