Offshore basin

The behaviour of fixed and floating structures at sea is investigated in our Offshore basin. During the open day you will visit here the Ocean of the future.

In the Offshore basin, waves, wind and currents are simulated by means of wave generators, wind ventilators and current layers. The basin is 10.5 m deep and the basin floor can be adjusted to any required depth. An extra deep well of 20 m enables simulations to be carried out in conditions in ultra deep water.

Ocean of the future

Our future is at sea. After all, 70% of our blue planet is covered by water. Let us show you how  we are contributing to sustainable use of the sea. We will take you to a future of autonomous and zero-emission ships, floating islands and wind turbines, solar thermal stations, and seaweed farms.


Fixed and floating structures, such as platforms and tankers, are required in complex operations at sea, such as oil and gas production and storage. Safety plays a key role in these operations. Many structures are anchored to the seabed by mooring lines. Thus, it is important to establish the behaviour of these structures in waves, wind and currents to ensure they can withstand the heaviest of storms. What are the movements of and the forces on a structure?

As drilling is done increasingly in deep water, fixed structures are making way for floating structures. Here too, safety is crucial and requires knowledge about movements of and forces on a structure. MARIN is also closely involved in the development of offshore wind farms with fixed and flowing wind turbines.

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the Offshore basin has an extra deep well to carry out tests to depths up to 3 km?

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