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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017


Divemex Ltd. were experienced in maritime industries and recognised the necessity for a new type of anchor. ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with Divemex was to determine performance parameters with particular reference to accuracy/repeatability of launch position and embedding final position of the new anchor.

A new company, ’Tidal Anchors Ltd’, has been incorporated to exploit and commercialise the new product ‘Tidal Anchor’. This innovative radical anchor has been specifically designed for the safe, secure anchoring of marine craft in tidal waters, when a change of direction in tide or wind is experienced.

Image left: Tidal Anchor Model

Tidal Anchors Ltd exhibited and launched their new Tidal Anchor at Seawork International 2017 event, which took place in Southampton from the 13th-19th June. The event is one of Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibitions regarded as the industry’s one-stop-shop, providing buyers, legislators and influencers with direct access to the commercial market, its products, and innovations.

The new Tidal Anchor was awarded ‘highly commended’ and Category Runner up in the European Commercial Marine Awards.

The twin rail design and fluke arrangement ensures immediate and accurate setting, with stability and high holding power in all directions...whichever way the anchor lands on the seabed. Not only does the Tidal Anchor offer a superior performance anchoring solution for vessels of all sizes, but also an alternative permanent mooring option to those currently available.


The design is also environmentally friendly, due to anchor’s ability to set within its own length, it has been recognised by marine biologists that the design will significantly reduce destructive damage to organisms on the sea-bed.

Tidal Anchors Limited has invested heavily in protecting the IP of the novel design, which has been reviewed for maximum structural performance optimised by the ASTUTE 2020 team based at Cardiff University.

Image right: Directors of Tidal Anchors Ltd. Ivor Griffith and Martin Slade


On completion of sea trials for final confirmation of the Tidal Anchor's capabilities, which are unlike any other currently available in the market place, there will be an alternative superior performance anchoring solution for vessels of all sizes which will soon be commercially available.

The ASTUTE 2020 operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions. The ASTUTE 2020 team based at Cardiff University has collaborated with Tidal Anchors Ltd. to evaluate the performance and model key parameters, particularly how the anchor embeds in the sea floor, to determine opportunities for further optimisation and manufacturability.

Image left: Tidal Anchor exhibition at Seawork International 2017, Southhampton 13th - 19th June 2017

All industrial collaborations can be viewed on the ASTUTE 2020 website www.astutewales.com