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About the center

The Blue Denmark is one of the largest Danish strongholds, and it has continuously been able to adapt to challenges of the time and exploit the opportunities of new business areas.

The regional and international regulations carry with them a row of requirements for ships’ energy efficiency as well as requirements to the emissions of SOX, NOX, particulate matter, ballast water and proper scrapping of ships. The task of adapting the vast existing fleet of ships to the new requirements though retrofitting of green technologies is a very large technical and economical challenge. The handling of this challenge requires advanced technology and insight into the commercial conditions of the business.

Challenges of the maritime industry
These challenges on the other hand also imply new business opportunities for Danish shipowners and providers of equipment and services. At the same time, new opportunities in the Arctic and in the offshore industry have also come into play and the Blue Denmark is thus a very diverse industry with a broad range of maritime activities. The challenges of the industry are complex and global and Danish businesses are in fierce international competition. In order to survive this competition and turn the challenges into opportunities, the right technologies, business and management solutions must be developed, selected and implemented. This requires a high degree of innovation and cross-disciplinarily and access to highly qualified technical work force.

To meet the challenges and opportunities the Blue Denmark is facing a maritime centre at DTU is established: Maritime DTU. The centre shall strengthen the four main focus areas of the university: Research, education, innovation and public sector consultancy with the purpose of increasing the value creation in the Blue Denmark.

Maritime DTU's focus areas
The centre will coordinate and strengthen the four main missions of the university: research, education, innovation and public sector consultancy; within the maritime field. At the same time, the centre will act as DTU’s contact to the maritime industry and also increase cooperation with other leading universities within the maritime field, both with regards to education and to research. The centre will maintain the current maritime educational activities and continuously create and develop attractive educations and courses across DTU. At the same time the centre will increase the visibility and marketing of the educations toward the students and in that way attract more engineering students to the maritime courses and educations. The centre will also act to increase the contact and collaboration between the students and the industry through student projects and thereby make the education more attractive for the students and the graduates more attractive and employable for the industry. 

Maritime DTU will function as a platform for new collaboration agreements with other leading universities regarding education and research within the maritime area. The center gives excellent opportunities for attracting well-regarded guest professors and PhD students from leading universities and research scenes.