Jasper Smith

Sophie Damman

Vala Team

Jasper Smith

Paddy Willis

Arthur Hughes

John Swingewood


Better Ventures EIS

Innovative marine vessels and a pioneering ownership model focused on sustainability and protecting our oceans.

Arksen is an innovation, technology and adventure company designing marine exploration vessels. They aim to create the world’s largest purpose-built private marine research fleet and to inspire a new generation of explorers, sailors, adventurers and scientists; motivating them to go further, for longer and in support of projects that empower global audiences to better understand, protect and nurture the world’s oceans. Arksen have just completed the sale of their first Arksen 85, which will be ready for use in early 2022.


It’s not just the financial and technical support they give that is important – Vala provides crucial emotional support with its guidance and as a mentor to the team.

Ewan Hind
Chief Operating Officer Arksen