The 67th Nordic Technical Universities Shipbuilders (NTHS) congress was hosted by the student network ”Chalmars Skeppsbyggare” and took place in and around Gothenburg in late March. The purpose of the congress is to improve the contacts between the members and to act as a provider of knowledge in ship building in the Nordic countries. Although shipbuilding hasn’t been going on for some years in Sweden, the Danish delegation consisting of 10 students still got a good impression of the maritime activities in the area of Gothenburg.
The companies, which were visited or from whom we were given presentations during the week, were: TTS Marine, GVA, Stena Teknik, Swedish Sea Rescue Society, Volvo Penta, Man Diesel & Turbo and Caterpillar propulsion. Thereby the group has been introduced to the challenges and technical solution covering different aspects of maritime related engineering.
Some of the topics discussed with the companies were; heavy lifting equipment and loading ramps used when loading and unloading Ro-Ro and cargo, semi-submersibles, LNG- and methanol-driven ferries, and design and production of controllable pitch mechanisms and propeller shafts by many other interesting topics.
The congress ended as the tradition prescribes with a festive banquet, which took place in the old military canteen at the Kviberg barracks. The students travelled back to Denmark with a lot of new friendships and the impression that Naval Architects are well needed in the industry.