The Faculty of Transportation Engineering (formerly the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) was established in 2011. It includes three departments: the Naval Architecture Department, the Marine Engineering Department and the Automotive Engineering Department. The Faculty is responsible for training and researching in the area of Naval Architecture (such as Ship Design, Ship Building, Marine Engineering and Equipment) and Automotive Engineering, with a focus on Fishing Vessels.

The Faculty also takes a part in graduate studies (master’s and doctorates) in the field of Naval Architecture (since 1990) and Automotive Engineering (since 2010). Currently, the Faculty has over 1,000 students and over 40 experienced faculty members, of whom 80% have completed postgraduate education, including 5 Associate Professors and 5 PhDs. 

  The Faculty has cooperated with various famous universities throughout the world in the field of Naval Architecture, including Ulsan College (South Korea), NTNU (Norway), Australian Marine College (AMC), Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard, Oshima Shipyard (Japan), and Cam Ranh Shipyard. As part of these cooperative arrangements, many staff and students have had the opportunity to study abroad. Recently, the top senior students of our Faculty have received scholarships to study at Ulsan College, Korea. 

  These students have been particularly selected to accomplish a program from which they will receive diplomas from both universities (Nha Trang University and Ulsan College) and will be offered jobs at the Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard.


Department of Naval Architecture

The Naval Architecture department was established in 1998. It was formerly known as the Boat Division (from 1998 to 2006). In 2006, it was renamed the Department of Shipbuilding (until 2011). It has carried the current name since May 9, 2011. The staff has grown from merely five faculty members to a group of fifteen highly qualified faculty members, including two Associate Professors - PhDs, three PhDs, three research PhDs, one master and six engineers who graduated from Korea and Norway. Currently, the Department offers programs in Naval Architecture at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

  The Department has recently increased investment in the following facilities: Division of practical shipbuilding technology, division of ship design, laboratory building and fishing vessels, division of practical welding of ships, division of Mechanical Engineering for fishing boats. In these areas, students have the opportunity to experience the work of a shipbuilding engineer, from reading designs, to lofting, expanding the shell and hull welding. Throughout the process, students learn to create an accurate ship model made of wood, composite, and steel material with fully detailed construction and outfitting. 

The Division of Ship Design possesses over 20 powerful computers and equipment including plotters, projectors, and ship design software such as: Autoship, ShipConstructor. The Division also uses structural analysis software such as: MS. Patran, and Abaqus. 

In addition to academic instruction, the Naval Architecture Department conducts scientific research. The Department has carried out a series of contracts for the Branch of Maritime Resource Protection in the local areas including: designing the traditional pattern of fishing vessel for provinces, surveying the pattern of fishing vessels for central provinces, designing high-speed canoes to travel by FRP, designing cruise ships and handing ship oil spills, reinforcing coracle stability, testing the quality of ships for thickness of the shell and the quality of the weld seam, and simulating and testing the impact of the load to the ship structure. 

  In addition, the Naval Architecture department has established relationships in close cooperation with the ship building and repairing facilities in the region and the country as Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard, Cam Ranh Shipyard, Dung Quat Shipyard, Saigon Shipyard, PTSC Co. Ltd, Vietnam Register (VR), and Korea Register (KR). The Naval Architecture department also has an established exchange program with the University of Ulsan and NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology for undergraduate students. As part of this exchange, every year around 10 overseas students enroll in the program. Students participating in this program are able to find employment immediately upon graduating.

  With the quality of the staff, facilities, research experience, and collaborative international relationships, the Naval Architecture department is equipped to provide students with an advanced learning environment that constantly strives to meet the changing needs society and the ideal conditions for working and studying.

  Department of Marine Engineering

The forerunner of the Department of Marine Engineering, Nha Trang University was the Mechanical Engineering fisheries Department, which was founded in 1966 at the University of Fisheries. The Department was the first building as part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the university. The Marine Engineering Department has spent 47 years growing and developing its staff. Today, the faculty consists of individuals who have Bachelors degrees, Masters degrees, and Doctorates. Nha Trang University strives to develop a multi-sectoral, multi-level learning environment. 


While the Marine Engineering Department fits in the Mechanical Engineering discipline but with a specific focus on ships, the University leaders have identified this department as a vital part of the fishery industry because of the importance of developing new and better equipment and technology. 

The Marine Engineering Department is responsible for training over 200 college and university level students per year. The Department also instructs vocational and technical workers and conducts training and retraining classes for fishery ship chief engineers and mechanical crews. We also provide opportunities for professionals to participate in postgraduate training in specialized ship equipment. The Marine Engineering Department have continued to take proactive steps to create a more competitive program by upgrading facilities, improving training, conducting scientific research and applying advance scientific research to production. 


Department of Automotive Engineering  

The Automotive Engineering Department was established in 2006. It was separated from the Marine Engineering Department – Mechanical Engineering Faculty. The Department takes responsibility for training learners to work in the automotive industry. The Automotive engineering department is responsible for training and researching in different areas within the industry, with a specific focus on fishing vessels. 

  The department also conducts Masters level instruction. Graduates of the program are capable of assuming a variety of responsibilities in component production and automotive assembly line of firms. They are also trained to be qualified to repair and maintain automotive parts, to teach and conduct research at colleges and vocational schools, and work in automotive businesses and agencies. 


PhD programs: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Master programs (2 years):

- Naval Architecture and Marine EngineeringThese programs are offered to students with bachelor degrees with relevant backgrounds from other universities, technical institutes or colleges such as Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Machinery Engineering; Shipbuilding Technology and Marine Engineering.

Transportation Engineering. These programs are offered to students with bachelor degrees with relevant backgrounds from other universities, technical institutes or colleges such as Automotive Engineering, Internal Combustion Engine,Shipping Engineering and Machinery Technology.              

Undergraduate programs:  

- Ship design

- Shipbuilding Technology

- Automotive Engineering

- Machinery Technology

- Internal Combustion Engine

- Marine Engineering 

Short courses:

Upon the completion of the program, students are expected to acquire necessary qualifications in:

- Operating automotive technical services; mastering professional skills in component production and automotive assembly line technology. 

- Controlling component production and automotive assembly line. 

- Improving automotive techniques and technology for enhancing efficiency.

- Ship welding technology for high quality.

- Using modern software for ship designs.

- Simulation for ship strengths and ship structures optimization. 


Research interests

- Designing and building the specialized ships such as Underwater Vehicle, Hovercraft, Human Powered Hydrofoil, Catamaran etc. 

- Designing the fishing vessel, high-speed craft, planing boats, etc. by new materials (composite, PPC, etc.).

- Using new materials (composite, PPC, etc.) in designing and building Catamaran for Marine Tourism. 

- Researching on using CAD/CAM technology in ship design and shipbuilding. Computing for Strength of Ship Structure.

- Researching the safe standards and the model vessel suitable to the Vietnamese fishing fleet. 

- Computing the strength of propeller blades by FEM. 

- Copying propeller blades by REM. 

- Manufacturing the propeller with a versatile mold by CNC miller. 

- Programming to design and draw 3D seri B

– Wagenninger propeller.

- Designing and manufacturing of equipment for offshore fishing vessels.

- Automation of engine systems.

- Research on using alternative fuels for fishing boat engine.

- Improving the efficiency of operations of fishing boat energy equipment.

- Using new energy for automobiles such as Hybrid, solar energy.


Projects of the Naval Architecture Department 

- Project Leader of the production test: Complete fabrication process technologies basket boats with composite materials capable of self-propelled and non-self-serving squid fishing offshore, MSc. Pham Thanh Nhut (1/2007 -  1/2009).  

  - Research design and testing fabrication of lobster cages with non-metallic materials for fishermen Song Cau district - Phu Yen, MSc. Pham Thanh Nhut (3/2006 - 3/2007).

Research at Nha Trang University  

- Study the change of physical properties of FRP materials TiO2 and MgO additive exposure to diesel fuel (TR99-33-05), MSc. Huynh Van Nhu. 

- Application of the numeral method to expanding the shell of ships. (TR2002-33-10), MSc. Huynh Van Vu.

- Application finite element method to study the stress distribution and deformation of steel structure bottom (TR2002-33-11), MSc. Tran Hung Tra.

- Research design boats Composite material aid for Vietnam's ships in international voyages 10,000 tons of, MSc Phan Tuan Long.

- Design Build process technology steel-hulled applications in shipbuilding practice at NTU, MSc Huynh Van Vu.

- Study vacuum solutions for composite materials production workshop area in south central, MSc. Huynh Van Nhu.
  Research in the Ministry’s level 

- Research writing software automates the theoretical ship’s line drawing according to the given coordinates and the design parameters (B99-33 to 27-TD), MSc Nguyen Dinh Long.

- The study determined the frequency of free vibration of the fiber reinforced composite panels designed for use in bottom fishing boats (B99-33-23), Nguyen Van Dat, PhD.

- Study of some mechanical – physical – chemical solutions in order to enhance the tribology and wear of Polyamid plastic used in shaft bearing. Principal Researcher: Le Ba Khang, Code B-2001-33-02. 

- The study proposes some of solutions to help improve the quality of education comprehensively in University of Fisheries (B2002-33-13),  Vu Van Xung, PhD.

- Study the automotive design of ship’s line to meet the diverse needs of current fishing vessels (B2004-33-36), Tran Gia Thai, PhD.

- Investigation of XADO industrial application in order to utilization efficiency of small power, high speed ship Diesel engine. Principal Researcher:  Le Ba Khang, Code B-2007-13-19. 

  Projects for performance and technology transfer

The Naval Architecture Department’s contracts with companies are varied and numerous. They focus on the Department’s strengths in training and research. These include some of the following recent projects:

- Surveys and technical documentation for the type of fishing vessel and fish boats for the Department of Maritime Resource Protection used in local areas.

  - Design of high-speed vessels, passenger vessels, fishing boats, glass bottom boats, boats to clean oil spills and FRP and wooden shells for companies.

- Investigation and analysis of vessel pattern and the influence of fishing and fishing equipment on fishing vessels in the central provinces of the Bien Dong Corporation.

- Non-destructive testing structure of hull for Z753 Shipyard. - Building tugboat model for Song Thu shipyard - Da Nang.

- Transferring software used in the design calculations and fabrication of ships such as: sea keeping calculation software, ship propeller design software, the strength and vibration of propeller shaft systems that have pillow software, the strength, vibration and duration of calculation software of complex structure in different materials.


   Projects occurring between 2010 - 2013 (including new subjects recently approved)

- Transfer fishing vessel design, department technology to Nghe An extraction and protection of maritime resource, 2011.

- Design patterns for traditional fishing vessels of Binh Dinh province, 2011.

- Design patterns for traditional fishing vessels of Ninh Thuan Province, 2011.

- Develop process shipbuilding technology for Dung Quat Shipyard, the project of Petro Vietnam Engineering (PVE), 2012.

- Study design, fabrication model laboratory equipment due to the impact of major free fall on ship structural materials for training. Topic Scientific Research University Level 2012-2013.

-  Study design and testing fabrication of submarine model for sea tourism in Nha Trang Bay. Topic of the Student Scientific Research University level 2012-2013.

Research groups  

1. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering  

- Leader of group: Associate Professor Tran Gia Thai 

- Research goals: 

+ Modern design of fishing boat models while honoring local traditional designs.  

+ Design and fabrication of many kinds of specialized ships. 

+ Optimization and automation in the design and fabrication of ships. 

+ Applying new materials in ship building technology. 

  + Focusing on improved ship hull structures and strength of ships.

2. Simulation in ship hull structures  

-  Leader of group: Huynh Van Vu, PhD

-  Research goals: 

+ Optimization in ship hull structures. 

+ Simulating the operation of ship hull structures. 

+ Ultimate strength of ship hull structures. 

+ Impact structures.



- Training Cooperation with Vinashin (Vietnam Ship building Industry Corporation) 

- Training & Research in cooperation with many famous companies in Vietnam such as: PTSC (Petroleum Technical Services Corporation), Vinalines, Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard (Korean), Oshima Shipbuilding (Japan), STX (Norway) etc. 

-  Training & Research in cooperation with many University such as: Ulsan University (Korean), Department of Marine Technology in Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Australian Maritime College (AMC) etc.  
- Exchange programs with both staff and students 

- Cooperation in training 

- Cooperation in research  

- Cooperation in the organization of conferences at NTU or NTOU.  

- Recommending candidates for Master or PhD course at NTOU, and some PhDs for postgraduate research programs.  

- Organizing short training courses for staff of FTE in NTU/NTOU in the areas of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering  - Inviting NTOU Professors to lecture on Master/PhD course in NTU. 

- Cooperating on some projects such as fishing vessels (designing, equipment, new materials), new fuels for engines, reinforcement of the strength of ship design, using software for ship design (Autoship, Shipcontruction, Abaqus …)    

- Organizing conferences for discussing new research results between two faculties. 

- Cooperating to develop the researching of NTOU in Vietnam, especially in the areas of propellers 


Visiting address: The Faculty of Transportation Engineering building, Nha Trang Campus, 02 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam 

Mailing address: Faculty of Transportation Engineering, Nha Trang University, 02 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam 

E-mail: khoaktgt@ntu.edu.vn

Tel: +84.258.383 2071

Fax: + 84.258.383 1147

  Website:  http://www.ntu.edu.vn/khoaktgt/vi-vn/home.aspx



Dean: Mr. Tran Gia Thai, PhD.

Email: thaitg@ntu.edu.vn

Tel: +84.258.383 2071

Vice-Dean: Mr. Huynh Van Nhu, MSc. 

  Email: nhuhv@ntu.edu.vn

  Tel: +84.258.247 1091