Vulcanus Studytrip

Date:  14 July  -  19 July
Vulcanus Studytrip

First come, first serve!

This year the Vulcanus trip will be organized by SMT and is open for all Master Marine Technology students. Students from the Naval College in Den Helder will join us and will form the second half of our group. Finally, all what you should know:

When: 14.07.-19.07.2019

Where: North of France, stops in Brest, Nantes, Saint Nazaire, Paris

Costs: 150,-€ per student, “all-in”

What: Visits of several companies to get insights in several fields and upcoming technologies and projects

To get a broader impression and prepare your first questions, we would like to give you further information, as known so far, about our plans. After the registration, we will update you frequently.


This year we are trying to find a good mix in order to get different insights in the broad maritime industry. Therefore, hopefully all MT students out of all tracks will find something for their interests as well as many other visits to extent their knowledge.

The plan is to split the week into nights and stops in different cities in the North of France. We will start with an interesting day in Brest at the Northwest coast. Without calling it immediately “Design of complex specials”, we will get insights in the naval industry by visiting one of the biggest companies within their field, the Naval Group. Most likely, we will continue after lunch with a second stop at Thales and their unwater systems departments.

When we are heading south on the second day, we will stop by the French Naval Academy and will get in contact with their learning environment and facilities. Maybe we can also take a look in the simulator to be our own captain for a few minutes. After a small trip along the coast, we will arrive in Saint Nazaire with their long traditions of fishing and shipbuilding. In the afternoon we can look for impressive ship engines at the head office and production site of the French subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, where they are producing engines for Marine, Military Marine and Offshore among others.

The next day will start with a visit at one of the biggest shipyards on the world, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, which has constructed notable superliners such RMS Queen Mary 2 and MS Symphony of the Seas, the largest passenger ship in the world as of 2018. After lunch and change of location, we will get the opportunity to visit the École Centrale de Nantes and their naval architecture and well-known hydrodynamic department. Next to that, as part of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, Nextflow Software will present their developments, research topics and ability to set up a start-up out of a university research project.

By coming closer back to Delft, the rest of Thursday and Friday are mainly focused on the area around Paris! There are several opportunities, which have to be integrated in our final programme. One great option is GTT, as a leader of LNG insulation with all their laboratories in their research departments. And if the time permits, the last evening can be spent in the city centre of Paris.

But don’t forget the last day, which will bring us to Dassault Systèmes, as developer of 3D design and product lifecycle management (PLM) software  (e.g. SolidWorks and CATIA). Next to their 3DExperience Lab, we can get rid of all our questions regarding smarter ships on safer seas and all their challenges and opportunities.

We are all really excited about that trip and have high expectation for ourselves. After registering, you are welcome for further suggestions and ideas. Even if there are any unexpected changes or difficulties in the organization of the programme, the French maritime industry within these locations offers a variety of alternatives and great opportunities in order to have an interesting studytour.