Not only all living things originated from water, water is also an important economic sector for the future. While oceans have been served primarily as a food resource and a way for global transportation, they have been gaining increasing importance for the development and application of high-technologies recently. As location for large offshore wind energy turbines, as energy source and as supplier of raw materials, oceans and coastal sea also open up a wide range of research fields and activity fields, for example, as a place for the cultivation of aquatic animals or as model of biological processes.
The Bachelor’s programme Maritime technology delves into this exciting scientific topic. It combines the core maritime competences of the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven with modern technologies and requirements of the maritime industry, wind energy and maritime research. Leading research institutes such as Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Maritime Research (AWI), Institute of Marine Resources (IMARE) and Institute of Wind Energy (fk-wind) are much involved in the study course to ensure a consistent practical relevance and the actuality of the education.
In the first three semesters the students acquire mainly basic knowledge in nature sciences and engineering with reference to the study objectives of maritime technologies. First and foremost, accompanying exercises and internships are planned in the curriculum. Additionally, in specific courses such as oceanography, marine resources and scientific work the depth of knowledge is increased. In the third and fourth semester it is possible to gain insights into different specialist fields.
The study course is divided into three specialist fields. They are “Marine Biotechnology”, “Wind energy technology” and “Marine energy technology”. From the fifth semester begins the main study stage. Within this stage further training in these three specializations are offered.
The specialist field “Marine Biotechnology” makes for the use of the resource ocean for raw materials and food (key words: aquaculture, marine biology, and bio-analytics). While the knowledge taught in measurement technology and plant engineering set out necessary conditions for, among others, aquaculture, the biotechnology focuses on production, processing, analysis as well as marketing of marine organisms and natural products, for example, algae, shellfishes and fishes etc.
The second specialist field “Wind energy technology” covers, among others, the development, the construction and the operation of on-shore or offshore wind energy turbines and wind parks. In this specialization the students learn also to work with wind energy specific simulation programmes and measurement technology.
The third specialist field “Marine energy technology” deals with the generation of marine regenerative energies. Whether it is storm, wave, tide or biomass, everything is possible for us. The synergy with offshore wind energy technology and biotechnology can be illustrated here.
The range of the possible occupations for the graduates is as extensive as the sea. Exciting tasks are waiting for the engineers of maritime technology almost everywhere when it comes to the technological use of oceans and their resources - whether in offshore wind energy, marine environmental monitoring, extraction and production of marine natural substances for medical and pharmaceutical industries or applied research. A further study in the Master’s programme“Biotechnology” or “Wind energy technology” is also possible.