Field of study

Container ships and supertankers full of goods and commodities sail around the world, while other ships are engaged in installing wind farms, the laying of communication cables, the extraction of oil and gas and the supply of offshore platforms. Shipping is indispensable and the Netherlands holds a leading position in the global maritime sector, particularly in the field of high-quality complex ships and super yachts, dredgers and utility vessels for the offshore industry. You will encounter all these aspects during your programme of study.

Ship hydromechanics

Ship hydromechanics studies the behaviour of marine structures in even water and heavy seas. This helps to optimise such things as the deployment, the on-board comfort and the safety of ships.

Ship construction

The construction determines whether a ship can continue to float on water. It must be strong and waterproof. But the construction is also strongly dependent on the ship’s function. Cargo ships require a more robust structure than pleasure boats.

Ship design

All facets of marine technology are deployed in the design of a ship: hydromechanics, construction and mechanical engineering. But your design must also take into account how the ship will be put together.

Maritime mechanics

On board ships you will often find mechanical and electrical installations. It is essential that these instruments and machines form an effective, reliable system. Consider, for example, ships that position offshore wind turbines or dredgers.

Ship production process

There are numerous issues to take into account when building a ship from a design. To organise the production process, you will not only need to know about how to work steel, for example, but also about planning, transport and locations.

Shipping management

So-called Shipping Management is located on the cutting edge of technology and economy. It not only involves organising the transport, but also when, where and how maintenance is carried out on a ship.


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