Ship Operations (DTU)

In popular terms the definition of this study track is that it mainly deals with naval architecture and maritime engineering from the point of view of the ship owner, i.e. it deals with ships at sea. You will learn to apply rational methods in analysing the performance of ships (container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro ships etc.) with respect to safety, efficiency, economics and environmental considerations. In this way you will learn how to improve and optimize vessel performance from a technical point of view for operation and to participate in design of new vessels with better operational performance.

In the study track the topics of classical maritime engineering (basic naval architecture, stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring and ship structures) are applied in an approach where the ship operation is in focus. In this view, for instance the ship in waves is not only important for the sea loads and motions, but also for the ship structures and the fatique life of the structural elements. The ship motions also result in added resistance and drift forces that should be taken into consideration not only when designing the ship, its propeller(s) and selection of its engine(s), but also for evaluation its best course and speed under given weather conditions.

In addition to the subjects mentioned above, the track contains the following topics:  

  • decision support systems for navigational and operational guidance of ships,
  • risk-based approaches in the prediction of statistical response values for operational and design evaluations,
  • human factors that affect ship operations,
  • human factor disciplines in the design process with regards to decision support systems.

Career Prospects
As a graduate you will typically be employed by a ship owner in the technical department, a consultancy, a classification society, a supplier of marine equipment or a research institution. Your work will involve a large degree of development, if not entirely directed at research, and it will be done in an entirely international atmosphere and require cooperation with people with different backgrounds, mainly from the maritime world.  

The last two semesters (2nd year) must always be done at DTU. The first two semesters can be done at either of the following universities:     

KTH (not from the 2020 intake and onwards)

Click on either to see the corresponding curriculum.
19 JANUARY 2022