U-Boat Worx introduced NEMO, an ultralight submarine in the market

A Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx introduced its new prototype of the world’s lightest submarine called NEMO – the model really aims to become the lightest of all existing models in this category, since it weighs only 2,500 kg.

Designed for the private use, this 2-seater lightweight submersible can be towed behind a car on a trailer for shoreside launching, and then towed to the dive site by boat or using a small yacht.

The NEMO can be towed behind a car on a trailer for shoreside launching.
The NEMO can be towed behind a car on a trailer for shoreside launching.

NEMO, which is currently in the final phase of production, is really promising, as it offers not only an easy but also a quick way to travel underwater. NEMO is only 155 cm high and 2500 kg in weight – it takes up less space during transportation than a pair of jet skis. Despite being a compact submarine, its performance is spectacular. Its speed under water is 3 knots (5.5 km/h or 3.4 mph) and can dive to a depth of no more than 100 meters. The submarine is designed for 8 hours of battery life.

The NEMO submarine has its own decompression system and numerous safety measures. It has automatic orientation systems, and it ascends and descends automatically if there is a problem. A special certificate is required to control NEMO; however, if necessary, a regular passenger can also perform pilot functions using the Manta controller with autopilot capabilities, including automatic heading and depth maintenance. The submarine can also be remotely controlled from a yacht or shore using the Marlin controller.

It is only 155 cm high and 2500 kg in weight
It is only 155 cm high and 2500 kg in weight.

The estimated cost for the NEMO submarine is €975,000 (more than $1 million). Its production is supposed to begin when a sufficient number of orders arrive. It will come with air conditioning, a wireless underwater communications system, and a searchlight. Additional options include additional lighting, a sonar, an external pointing device, and a navigation package.

U-Boat Worx also offers training courses with the purchase of a NEMO submersible, where the owner will learn everything he or she needs to know to become a certified submersible operator. The training consists of 12-day full-time training at our facility, Sub Center Curaçao (SCC).

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