10 - Universities/research/schools/knowledge institutions

DBI - Dansk Brand- og Sikringsteknisk Institut

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At DBI, we are specialized in fire and security and work targeted to protect lives and properties. We offer a wide range of services within fire prevention, fire technology and security and aim to help our customers achieving the best safety solutions.

Carsten Møller, Business Development Maritime

Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (Institut for Fremtidsforskning)


Contributing with knowledge and inspiration, the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies supports decision-making. We identify and analyse trends that influence the future nationally and internationally. Through research, analyses, seminars, presentations, reports, and newsletters, we give advice on the future.

The objective of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies is to strengthen the basis for decision-making in public and private organisations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present.

Our work methods range from statistically based analysis and the identification of global trends, to more subjective emotional factors of importance to the future.

The work of the Institute is interdisciplinary. The staff represents various fields of academic and professional backgrounds such as economics, political science, ethnography, psychology, engineering, PR and sociology.

Nicklas Larsen, Head of Members

Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management (MSK)

In 1906 MSK opened the doors for the Marine Engineer education. The college is based on more than 100 years of expertise in educating marine engineers who have all the qualifications which the business and industry want. MSK is one of the largest Marine Engineer colleges in Denmark and it is the only one of its kind on Zealand.

Since 1912 MSK has also educated authorized electricians, implying that we have a very large base of experience to offer the studying electricians.

In January 2005 MSK moved to new quarters at DTU. The relocation has implied that MSK is able to utilize the advantages which an education in vicinity of researh may give.

The objective of the college is to be known as a professionally skilled college of high quality, geared to the future. Our main area is to educate marine engineers and authorized electricians.
Our quality objective is to be user- friendly and a provider of educational services of quality which are in accordance with the standards from the Danish Maritime Authority and the Department of Education.

Erik Andreassen, Principal


At MARTEC we educate people to work in the maritime industry on land and at sea. We offer a wide range of educations and courses. For instance: engineering, high school exam combined with seamanship and education of seamen. The students in our high school program and the seamen trainees can include a voyage on the training ship DANMARK in their education. Our course department frequently arranges courses in: seamanship, welding, safety in the offshore-industry and a lot more. We are always willing to arrange courses specially designed to fit a companies needs.


Pia Ankerstjerne, CEO

Marstal Navigationsskole


 Maritime Courses
Marstal Navigationsskole is a Danish nautical training institute combining state-of-the-art education with the proud tradition of its long history. The institute has been located in Marstal on the island of Ærø in Denmark since 1860 and has been constantly upgraded and expanded up until today. The institute offers all kinds of maritime training and education and specializes in supplementary training courses. All courses are approved by the Danish Maritime Authority and they are taught by a team of professionals guaranteed to be up-to-date with the latest developments. Supplementary training Marstal Navigationsskole has profound expert knowledge in the area of supplementary training. All courses are tailor-made to fit the demands of our customers – shore staff as well as seafarers.

Marstal Navigationsskole offers E-learning for a number of topics. The E-learning concept offers the students the opportunity to plan their studying in their own time all over the world. The employer gets the advantage of lower costs compared to traditional courses and much more planning flexibility.

Distance learning
An excellent option with crew and office staff located all around the world. Customers get the best of both worlds with a live instructor and huge savings on travel and accomodation.

Jeppe Carstensen, Principal

FMS - Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering


Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering (on a daily basis referred to as FMS) has two campuses in Southern Denmark, one in Fredericia and one in Esbjerg

Fredericia is part of the so-called Triangle Region in the heart of Denmark, which is an area defined by industry and growth. Furthermore, the Port of Fredericia is a dynamic shipping hub with a large container terminal.

Esbjerg is known for its vibrant oil and gas industry and the ever-expanding offshore industry. Denmark’s most significant players on the global energy market are based in Esbjerg. Furthermore, the Port of Esbjerg is the leading port in Europe when it comes to shipping wind turbines.

At FMS we offer the three-year Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management and Marine Engineering within which our students are able to choose between three electives:

  • A maritime elective preparing the graduate for work in the machine room of a vessel.

  • Optimisation of Energy and Maintenance, an elective for those who desire a career as a technical manager in e.g. a utility company or a production company.

  • The elective Energy at Sea for those who have a particular interest in the offshore industry.

All students are educated within subjects such as management and economy, thermal machines, boilers and turbines, pumps, cooling technology, hydraulics, automation and electrical engineering, the latter including the authorization as electrical contractor. FMS graduates are thus able to perform a wide variety of tasks and as such, they find employment in an equally wide variety of industries.

We are pleased to say that even though FMS has grown into a school of a considerable size, we still manage to maintain an intimate study environment. Our values are vital. They are: Competence, innovation, closeness and commitment.

Torben Dahl, Principal

FORCE Technology

Maritime industry
We provide advice and consulting services within the design of ships and harbours. We are experts in model testing ship construction and maritime installations and have, for example our own test tank and wind tunnel facilities where we can expose ship models to realistic wave, current and wind stress. Optimised design brings significant savings when it comes to the operation of ships and harbours.

Moreover, we offer supplementary training courses, which focus on, for example decision-making processes, communication and the relationship between man and machine. In the shipping industry itself, there is an increasing focus on the human factors and how these are most appropriately handled - we call this Human Factors Management.

Finally, we develop and market a number of maritime products for the shipping industry, for example simulators for officer training as well as onboard systems.

Examples of maritime services: 

  • Hydro and aerodynamic optimisation of the ship’s performance

  • Simulator systems (SimFlex)

  • Onboard systems (hard weather sailing, route planning, etc.)

  • Harbour layout

  • Human Factors Management (HFM)

FORCE Technology is one of the leading technological consulting and service companies in Denmark and on the international market. Our work is focused on transforming highly specialised engineering knowledge into practical and cost-efficient solutions for a broad section of businesses and industries. These are solutions which strengthen the customer’s competitiveness and are built on an understanding of the customer and industry, which we have acquired over more than 65 years. Our workforce numbers almost 1,000 employees, spread between the headquarters in Brondby and subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, Russia and the USA.

Peter K. SørensenVice President, Business Unit Executive

Fiskeriskolen EUC Nordvest

The Danish Fishing School is responsible for training and education of fishermen and employees of the coastal marine sector – eg employees at small ferries, pilots, emergency services, offshore wind parks etc.

The Danish fishing school in Thyborøn is the only one of its kind in Denmark

We also offer individually tailored skilled training as both a professional Fisherman, Fishmonger, Fish farming and Fishing tecnologists – a new bachelor education.

The school is located in Thyborøn, but we will hold training courses across the country, both from our training ships and from the premises, we rent for the purpose on location.

We offer both safety courses, training for commercial fishermen and a variety of training courses for employees and unemployed who seeks a skilled professional upgrade as a new and better platform to obtain employment.

The school has an annual capacity of teaching up to 800 students in various courses and professional training.

As the only fisheries school in Denmark we priorities to have high quality in our programs and teaching, and our programs are highly immediately applicable and transferable to the maritime trades.

We are also aware that the fishing industry is an international industry, so we have cooperation with other similar schools across Europe. This means that our teachers are up to date on international relations, but also that we can create contacts for students and trainees.

In Thyborøn, we have excellent training facilities, both in terms of theory classes, aswell as workshops.

Our training ship "Athene" can run courses in all fishing ports as requested, and is fort that equippet with the latest in educational materials.

The sea is a dangerous place of work. Consequently security is a higly prioritised agenda in the entire school. We ensure thorough instruction before practical exercises, our teaching environment is healthy and safe, and of course our alcohol and abuse policy supports and reflects this.

We are part of EUC Northwest - center for business and education - and as such we offers a variety of courses and programs related to the fishing trade aswell as the employees of the coastal marine sector in general. It can be management, finance, IT, language and practical education eg in transport, motor and hydraulics, safety at sea, life saving first aid at sea etc.

Søren Hyllen, Principal

RelyOn Nutec Denmark A/S

RelyOn Nutech uden Falck.PNG

RelyOn Nutec Esbjerg (formerly Falck Safety Services) ensures that your business has the competence to prevent, handle and learn from critical events. We achieve this through building knowledge and experience with realistic scenarios. With over 40 years’ experience from both offshore and maritime industries, RelyOn Nutec Esbjerg has acquired the competence to meet local, as well as international, requirements.

With decades of experience, we help people & businesses improve safety with a 360 degree safety culture and full safety service delivery.

  • We train people to be safety & technical leaders in their field

  • We help business stay safe beyond regulatory requirements

  • We identify competence gaps and help address them

  • We improve safety processes & mindset

  • We prepare you for the unexpected 

You can rely on us to take a 360 degrees perspective on safety, uncovering all the potential risks in a client’s organization. This includes uncovering risks that the business themselves might not be aware of.

Our Esbjerg location is one of 33 locations in 20 countries. Each year, over 250 000 delegates choose to complete their safety training at one of our training centres worldwide. Through professional training and consulting we address the safety concerns within both private and public organisations, with focus on preventative measures, active safety procedures and work environment (HSE).

Claus Nexø Hansen, Managing Director

SIMAC - Svendborg International Maritime Academy

SIMAC is Denmark’s largest maritime educational institution with 500 students and 90 highly educated and motivated employees. SIMAC offers three fields of studies.

The ship’s officer study programme combines the two classic study programmes shipmaster and marine engineer into one that provides students with a second to none marine education enabling them to operate a modern, technologically advanced merchant vessel.

A modern version of the classic marine engineer study programme. Automation, robot technology, process comprehension and management are the key areas of the adapted marine engineer study programme. Graduates of this programme qualify to work at sea as well as in land-based industries.

Both study programmes provide access to a wide range of jobs in the global shipping industry. The career path of a vast majority of our graduates includes the option of management positions at all levels.

The third opportunity is the shipmaster study programme. Upon completing the necessary time at sea this study programme qualifies the student to work as unrestricted shipmaster.

Besides being a modern, value-managed educational institution, SIMAC conducts comprehensive course activities that generate an annual turnover of more than DKK 9 million. Thus, the academy offers courses within SIMAC’s entire range of expertise, focusing on training in automation as well as bridge and engine-room simulation. SIMAC offers both standardized and customized training, the latter of which are usually designed in close cooperation with the customer. The courses are carried out using modern, educational methods centered upon the customers needs.

Jan Askholm, Vice President


Svendborg Søfartsskole

At Svendborg Søfartsskole we educate persons to work in the maritime industry. We offer education of seamen and high school exam combined with seamanship. Our course department frequently arranges courses in first aid, safety at sea and fire fighting. All courses regulated by the STCW Convention.

We are always willing to arrange courses designed to fit special requests.

Jens Frederiksen, Principal

University of Southern Denmark


The Faculty of Engineering trains bachelors and masters of engineering who engage in design, welfare technology, chemistry, environment, electronics, business, production, physics, construction and robot systems.

The focus of the Faculty of Engineering is holistic research which is based on interdisciplinary and business oriented cooperation – regionally, nationally and internationally.
The faculty cooperates with the business community and other research institutes at a regional level while, at the same time, it has a well-functioning cooperation with industrial and research partners abroad. The Faculty of Engineering researches in finding new knowledge which makes a difference for the business community as well as the population in the fields of welfare, environment, product design, buildings, food and all other areas that depend on technology. The Faculty of Engineering cooperates with the business community and education- and knowledge institutions in developing technology of the future.

Dorte Smedegaard Schmidt, Associate Professor, Head of Mechanical Engineering

Maritime DTU

It is the task of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to create, sustain and develop environments for education and research of an international standard in the fields of engineering sciences and related fields. DTU covers most engineering disciplines and educates BSc, BEng, MSc and PhD. DTU has approx. 6000 students, including 400 students from abroad on the international programmes, 900 professors and researchers and 700 PhD students.

Education and research within maritime technology are carried out mainly at the Section of Fluid Mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering under the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Energy systems and combustion engines, including ships' engines, are however topics of the Energy Engineering Section.

The education within naval architecture and offshore engineering lead to BEng, BSc and PhD degrees. This includes and international MSc programme and a Master degree as in-service training. The education includes: 

  • Naval architecture and offshore engineering

  • Hydrodynamics

  • Waves and wave loads

  • Steel and sandwich structures

  • Mechanics and load modellng

  • Risk and reliability analysis

  • Coastal hydrodynamics

  • Sediment transport

  • Turbulence

The research topics of the Section include design, analysis and operation of large maritime, coastal and land-based structures under natural loads, such as waves and wind. The main research themes are: 

  • Hydrodynamics: Waves and currents and their interaction at restricted water depths, wave loads on ships, offshore and coastal structures, flows and loads on ships and ship propellers.

  • Structures: Design and analysis of structures; structural damping; composite structures; damage tolerance of sandwich structures.

  • Risk and reliability: Risk acceptance criteria, risk evaluation, stochastic load and response modelling.

  • Sediment transport and morphology of rivers and coasts: Waves and turbulence in surf zones, wave-driven currents and exchange processes, river bed forms, effect of structures on river morphology.

  • Interaction: Performance of ships and large structures subject to wind and wave loads and their interaction with the environment.

The Section participates in major international and national research projects and other international cooperation.

More information can be found on www.mek.dtu.dk/english/sections/fvm

Mette Sanne Hansen, Head of Maritime DTU

DHI Ballast Water Centre

DHI is an independent, international consulting and research organisation established in Denmark and today represented in all regions of the world with a total of more than 1,000 employees. Our objectives are to advance technological development, governance and competence in the fields of water, environment and health. DHI works with governmental agencies and authorities, contractors, consultants and numerous industries.

DHI provides independent performance evaluation of ballast water management systems (BWMS) for the approval process. DHI has no involvement, intellectual or financial, in the mechanics, design or marketing of the products and technologies that are being evaluated.

To ensure that DHI’s tests are uncompromised by any real or perceived individual or team bias relative to test outcomes, DHI’s test activities are subject to rigorous quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC) and documentation. DHI’s quality management system is certified according to ISO 9001 by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The certification is facilitated by the implementation of the DHI Business Management System. 

For an application for final approval, the IMO International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments /1/ requires a performance evaluation of BWMS according to the principles laid down in Resolution MEPC.174(58) /2/, generally referred to as the IMO G8 guidelines, and, for systems that make use of active substances, also Resolution MEPC.169(57) /3/, generally referred to as the IMO G9 guidelines. The purpose of the performance evaluation is to assure that BWMS approved by administrations are capable of meeting the ballast water discharge standard in Regulation D-2 /1/, also known as the IMO D-2 standard, in land-based and shipboard evaluations and do not cause unacceptable harm to the vessel, crew, environment or public health. The United States Coast Guard Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters /4/ (§151.2030) establish a ballast water discharge standard similar to the IMO D-2 standard. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the test set-up in land-based test cycles of BWMS must operate as described in the ETV protocol /5/.

DHI-Denmark has recently received the U.S. Coast Guard recognition as Independent Laboratory together with DNV. DHI is accredited according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the analysis conducted in relation to performance evaluation of BWMS.

  1. IMO. International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments. London. International Maritime Organization, 2004.

  2. MEPC. Guidelines for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (G8). Resolution MEPC.174(58). Adopted 10 October 2008.

  3. MEPC. Procedure for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems that make use of Active Substances (G9). MEPC.169(57). Adopted 4 April 2008.

  4. U.S. Coast Guard. Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters. Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 57, 23 March 2012.

  5. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Technology Verification Program. Generic Protocol for the Verification of Ballast Water Treatment Technology (ETV protocol). EPA/600/R-10/146, September 2010.


Gitte Ingelise Petersen, Biologist PhD - Ballast Water

CBS - Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School is an international university. Among the largest business schools in Northern Europe, CBS focuses on developing strong links between contemporary research and the active business community, and aims to contribute new, pioneering knowledge which can be converted into innovation and competitiveness.

CBS offers a dynamic learning environment where students learn how creative power really puts knowledge to work.

As a part of our wide range of degree programmes, CBS is recognised as having the only part-time, Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics in the world. This unique MBA offers high potential executives in shipping industry an up-to-date insight into modern management theories and their application in the maritime sector.

Henrik Sornn-Friese, Director CBS Maritime

The Centre of Maritime Health and Society

SDU lille.PNG

The Centre of Maritime Health and Society in Esbjerg is a centre under the Institute of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark.

The Centre of Maritime Health and Society provides independent research and documentation that can help to optimize the working environment, living conditions, health and safety of seafarers, fishermen and workers on offshore installations. Furthermore, the centre also focuses on matters such as air/water pollution, invasive species and their economic and environmental consequences.

We collaborate with a wide range of businesses and other stakeholders in the maritime field.

The Centre of Maritime Health and Society has a multidisciplinary staff of currently 5.2 researchers with various backgrounds within health sciences and social sciences.

Susanne E. Frank, Secretary

Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering

The Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engeneering, AAMS, has been a part of Aarhus life for 115 years. AAMS is the largest Marine Engineering School in Denmark with approx. 700 students following the 3-year Bachelor Programme. The school is situated in the middle of Aarhus within easy reach of other educational institutions and industry partners. 

The Bachelor of Technology Management and Marine Engineering is polytechnic. This means that it covers areas ranging from Engine Studies and Electro Technology to Automation Studies. Another focus area is Management Studies. The basic subjects include Mathematics, English and Methodology.

In his/her proffessional life the AAMS graduate is often in charge of establishing, initiating and coordinating a profitable collaboration between diverse and often highly specialized proffessional groups - both at sea and on land. The modern Marine and Technical Engineer is thus a technical manager who is able to initiate and implement change in technical and technological organizations.

Anders Hanberg Sørensen, Principal, Cand. Scient

Aalborg University

Aalborg University.PNG

AAU indtager en særlig gunstig position i forhold til at arbejde med udfordringer på tværs af fagligheder, idet vi har en stærk og lang tradition for tværfaglig forskning af særdels høj kvalitet og et tilsvarende stærkt samarbejde med erhvervslivet. AAU arbejder løbende på at styrke og udvikle denne position. Der fokuseres på en stærkt integreret tilgang mellem grundforskning, anvendt forskning, innovation og uddannelse.

AAU har altid vægtet en problembaseret tilgang og samarbejdet med offentlige og private virksomheder højt. Dette har ført til at AAU er anerkendt som et stærkt innovativt universitet, mens omgivelserne i mindre grad anerkender AAU’s grundforskningsbaserede styrker. I særdeleshed Det Teknisk-Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet arbejder på at fremme en række synlige, tværfaglige samfundsgavnlige satsninger.

Aalborg Universitet har hen over de seneste år øget sit fokus på det maritime erhverv, herunder offshore, og dets udfordringer. Universitetet er godt positioneret med campus på tre lokationer (Nordjylland, Syddanmark og i Hovedstaden), og har således fokus på både lokale, regionale og nationale såvel som internationale udfordringer for erhvervet. Aalborg Universitet tilstræber, at både studerende og forskere arbejder tæt på praksis i samarbejde med erhvervet og relevante myndigheder for at tilføre mest mulig værdi til alle parter.

På uddannelsesområdet har AAU over de seneste år haft en tæt dialog med maskinmesterskolerne om at udvikle nye kandidatuddannelser, der muliggør opkvalificering af maskinmestre eller andre med uddannelser på bachelor-niveau til fremtidige jobmuligheder i det blå Danmark, både på land og til havs. Eksempelvis udbydes der i dag cand. scient. techn. uddannelser i både Aalborg og København med relevans for erhvervet, ligesom der, målrettet offshore industrien, er startet en kandidatuddannelse i Risk and Safety Management i Esbjerg. Forskningsmæssigt spænder universitets projekter fra mindre samarbejdsprojekter med bl.a. jyske havne, til større forretningsmæssige og teknologise projekter med globale rederier, udstyrs- og softwareleverandører samt myndigheder inden for fiskeri og offshore industrien.

Kim Sørensen, Associate Professor