To have an idea of what the offshore industry is like in real life, it is very important to look further than pictures shown in lectures. Luckily, Delft is close to the Port of Rotterdam, where several offshore companies and yards are situated. This makes it very attractive for both students and companies to visit vessels or platforms that are situated in Rotterdam for maintenance. These are unique experiences, as the offshore equipment rarely visits a port.
On the 14th of October 2016 we have been to Leiden to visit Heerema for a Business Case. We learned about the complex process of a lifting operation. We got to try it out in the simulator! In teams of 8 we controlled the Thialf and its cranes to place a bridge between two existing platforms.
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