The 'Grote Reis' is an international study trip for students in marine engineering and naval architecture at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). It is organised by a committee of the student association S.G. "William Froude". This study trip is organised for master or end-bachelor students. The goal is to broaden their view and introduce the international maritime industry to them. This might lay the important foundation of the student's international network, since shipbuilding is such an international industry.
We will be visiting the following countries:
China is currently the global market leader when it comes to shipbuilding. As a nation China has evolved from following others to leading the market. This has gone hand in hand with the transition from quantity to quality. The world's largest container vessels (22,000 TEU) are currently under construction at two Chinese yards and more interesting project are going on.
Japan has been one of the biggest shipbuilding nations for years. However, during the nineties, China and South-Korea took over a significant part of this business. Nowadays, Japan is trying to reclaim its old position. Japan is focusing on technically advanced vessels, offshore oil/gas and offshore wind energy. This helps Japan to diversify itself from South-Korea and China.
Hyundai Heavy Industries, STX, DSME and Samsung Heavy Industries are major names in the global maritime industry and have the resemblance that they are all located in South-Korea. Throughout the years, the shipbuilding sector has become one of Korea's flagship industries. South Korean shipbuilding companies were hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis, but companies are recovering nowadays due to innovation projects and the interest in new markets.