Singapore Excursion

In October 2016, 25 maritime students went on a study trip to Singapore. All participants are students at DTU and include students from the bachelor and master education (da: civil ingeninør) as well as the mechanical engineer education (da: diplom ingeniør). It has previously been a tradition to make a trip to Asia to give maritime students to get a deeper understanding of the application of the theory they study.


The following is a summary of the events, a full overview of our experiences and can be found in a separate report, which can be downloaded here



Upon arrival, we went to our hotel to unload our luggage. No company visits were planned for this day, which had instead been dedicated to sightseeing. We took in the view from the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, which is situated to allow for a view of the city on one side and the Singapore Strait with all the anchored ships on the other.



We drove to Tuas Yard right after breakfast, where we were lucky enough to spend the full day. The day started with a security briefing and presentations about Tuas Yard and the process of designing a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit. The presentations were in depth and very technical - much to the delight of the group.

After the presentations, we went on a tour of the yard. The size of the yard and the countless workshops left a strong impression on all participants.



The morning was spend at the start-up company C-leanship where we heard about the design a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to perform hull-cleaning of merchant ships. After the presentation, we were shown their facilities and they launched their prototype for the group to see it both in and out of water.

We left C-leanship to visit Damen Shipyard. After a brief presentation of the company history we got a tour of the yard and saw the steel and aluminum hulls.



We started the day at National University of Singapore (NUS) and after a introduction to the different study and ph.d. opportunities, we went to see the impressive test facilities at NUS.

The afternoon was spend at Keppel Fels which specializes in the construction of Jack-up drilling rigs and highly specialized small craft vessels. After a brief introduction to the company the visit transitioned into a one hour long Q&A session. This was a great experience and many kinds of questions were discussed and answered.



The day was spend at Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Malaysia - one of the largest container terminals in the world. The first half of the day was a mixture of presentations and relaxed conversations with the employees as we walked around the office and were introduced to different activities.

After lunch at a local restaurant we went for a tour of the container terminal and onboard on of the vessels moored at the quay.



Initially Friday morning had nothing scheduled but a last minute trip to Keppel FELS Shipyard was arranged and we were allowed onboard one of the stacked jack-up rigs. The group was shown around by the chief-engineer and tool-pusher, who gave an interesting introduction to life and work on board an oil-rig.

The afternoon was spend at Lloyds Register Global Technology Center. We heard a number of presentations regarding their research and work in the field of CFD. One project had been done in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmak.



Huge thanks to our sponsors, without whom this trip would not have been possible:


  • The Danish Maritime Fund
  • The Danish Society for Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering’s Fund
  • Thranes Fund