External Project Group

The group will consists of other related maritime stakeholders who are not direct partners in the project but are of great importance regarding the development of new maritime lectures, studies, courses. Involvement in the group will create opportunities to network with other members of the group, and the partners involved in the project. The external project group enables DKMK to include a larger amount of organizations, to enhance knowledge sharing and development of new projects and ideas.

Another purpose with this group is to get members of the group involved in the overall development of competencies within the maritime industry,  to create a platform which will help create a strong maritime workforce. This could lead to new future cross collaborations – nationally as well as internationally.

Maritime Training and Education Centre


MARTEC in Frederikshavn is a self-owned institution under the ministry of research, innovation, and higher education. The role of the institution is to offer a broad pallet of educational programs in the maritime sector ex: Able Seaman, ship mechanic, mechanist or maritime engineer.

The institution also offers various in-service training courses which are designed to enhance the competences of the industrial workforce. Additionally, MARTEC oversees the daily operation of the training ship DANMARK. The institution has approximately 60 employees, distributed amongst two schools in Frederikshavn and DANMARK. The three locations provide service to approximately 240 students and course-takers on a yearly basis.  

Link to MARTEC's website (Danish) 

Joining the DKMK

”MARTEC is looking forward to becoming a part of the External Project Group in project The Danish Maritime Cluster”, says Pia Ankerstjerne, Director of MARTEC – The maritime and polytechnic education center in northern Jutland. “Developing competences for the maritime sector is a focus area for MARTEC and the goals of project The Danish Maritime Cluster align very well with ours. MARTEC has, along with the rest of the educational institutions in northern Jutland, the responsibility to provide maritime educational programs while also providing relevant in-service training so positive growth in the maritime sector of the north Jutland region can continue.” 

Fredericia Maskinmester Skole (FMS)

About FMS

FMS is a provider of maritime education, in one of the busiest tranportation hubs in Denmark. Because of the position of the school, a close relationship with the private sector has been developed. This provides the students with easy access to practical internships in many of Denmark's largest companies.

The school offers the Bachelor of Technology Management and Marine Engineering, with three offers of customization. The three lines are: Maritime, Energy- and Maintenaince Optimization, and Energy at Sea. To support the continued improvement of the educational programs, FMS finished the new Center for Operations and Maintenance in 2009. The new 1600 m2 houses several in-service training courses and two technical diploma-programs. The new center also houses laboratorys to assist the generation of knowledge.

The school emphasizes community and spirit amongst its 300 students, and strives to combine the pursuit of knowledge with a comfortable social environment. To learn more, visit the FMS website (in Danish): www.fms.dk

Joining the DKMK

Principal at FMS Torben Dahl states:

”Fredericia Maskinmesterskole sees participation in the External Project Group in DKMK as a

natural extension of the school’s continued focus on the maritime area. The collaboration effort is

therefore an important step for the school.”


Department of Mechanical Engineering is part of the DTU campus in Lyngby. The organization is part of the Technical University of Denmark, and is the leading educator of engineers for the Danish maritime industry.

The Department also contributes to both the basic and higher levels of instruction in the fields of mechanics, advanced design tools, product development, energy systems and marine technology. It is responsible for essential parts of the Mechanical Engineering line of the BSc program, and for coordination of the preliminary four-semester programs in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Technology and of the study fields of Energy and of Design and Mechanics for the MSc program at DTU. The department has a scientific staff of about 100 employees, 90 ph.d. students and a staff of 80 technical and administrative employees.

Learn more about the Department of Mechanical Engineering: www.mek.dtu.dk

Joining the DKMK

Ph.d student  at DTU Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Ingrid Marie Vincent Andersen believes that project DKMK and DTU Mek can be mutually beneficial: 

”DTU Institute of Mechanical Engineering is the leading university in Denmark in terms of educating engineers for the Danish maritime industry. The university offers educational programs which consists of maritime courses, at both the bachelors and masters level, and will contribute to the DKMK project in several areas by using the research-based approach to teaching that is central at DTU MEK. The maritime students at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering will also benefit from the participation in the DKMK project, and the DTU Institute of Mechanical Engineering is looking forward to participating in the External Project Group in the Danish Maritime Cluster project"

The department of Technology and Innovation (ITI)

is part of The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark. The department has study program es ranging from Foundation Courses and Diploma Programmes to a variety of Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering programmes and a series of exchange programmes for international students.  

Research areas
In addition ITI contributes with innovative knowledge within a wide spectrum of research areas such as Nano Technology, Sensors, Energy Technology, Production, Innovation and Design, Applied Mathematical Modeling, Robot Technology, Maritime Technology, etc. 

The Faculty of Engineering offers 11 BEng study programmes, 10 BSc in Engineering study programmes, 8 MSc in Engineering study programmes and one MSc study programme. Moreover, the Faculty has a strong commitment to internationalisation with a range of English taught full degree programmes as well as many courses for exchange students. In addition, the Faculty offers a selection of programmes in the field of continuing education. The research of the faculty is deeply rooted in interplay between basic and applied research in a network consisting partly of other academic groups at the University of Southern Denmark, other research institutions and a solid tradition of industrial cooperation - both nationally and internationally.

Read more about SDU ITI here

Joining the DKMK
A new maritime education will start at SDU in September 2014. Today there is no maritime education at SDU, but as one of the main competencies at SDU is combining practical and theoretical knowledge, there is an obvious reason for starting an education programme for maritime engineers. The competency profile for the new candidates will primarily be within technical operation of ships and offshore structures. The valuable practical and operational experience that the students have obtained as engineers on board ships, together with increased theoretical skills, can create a good basis for land-based jobs in the maritime industry.


MARNAV is a knowledge institution which is concerned with maritime education in a broad sense. The school educates navigators for all levels of the maritime sector, while also offering a broad range of in-service courses with high expertise in areas such as safety and administration. The course department professionals also act as consultants for the shipping industry.

The school is also responsible for educating the majority of the students who choose to pursue the HF-søfart program, which is considered an important avenue of recruiting for The Blue Denmark. The school has permanent representation in Singapore and is looking at ways to use its expertise outside the borders of Denmark.

International perspectives
MARNAV is part of an international network which is pioneering the e-learning and distance-learning in the maritime area. The school is an independent institution under the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education.

Read more about Marstal Navigationsskole

Joining the DKMK
MARNAV has found the external project group of project The Danish Maritime Cluster to be an interesting opportunity complement our own competences and contribute with knowledge in our fields of expertise. The development of quality in-service training for personnel at both land and sea is, and has been for many years, an area of strong focus for the school.

AAU - Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering and Science at AAU is organized in 14 departments and centers, including the Danish Building Research Institute that merged with Aalborg University in 2007.

Research and education at the Faculty of Engineering and Science covers a broad range, from classic disciplines like Mathematics, Chemistry and Geography to new pioneering subjects like Media Technology, Nanotechnology and Energy.

Geographically, the Faculty of Engineering and Science also covers a wide range with campuses in Esbjerg, Copenhagen and Aalborg, as well as satellite departments in places like India, China and the USA.

Joining the DKMK
Aalborg University and in particular the faculty of Engineering has a long tradition for collaborating with the surrounding community on various issues within education and research that are of mutual interest. The aim of this collaboration is twofold. The University sees, as one of its prime functions, the conduction of research that meets societal needs, thereby allowing AAU to participate actively in the development of society. In turn, the University benefits from such interaction whereby students, teachers and researchers receive fresh input for the generation of new ideas.

The maritime area is identified as one of the areas that will be given extra focus by the faculty of Engineering and Science in the future.  Already, Aalborg University has strong research experience and bonds to the off shore area not least in Esbjerg where the campus has correlations with the Off shore Center and associated business. Regionally, newly established network in the Northern Part of Jutland will also improve the basis for AAU to reflect potential in future activities within education as well as research. AAU has an ambition to help Denmark maintain positive growth within the maritime area as well as produce competitive candidates for the field.