IP507021 - Marine Operations


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 20 minutes E

Course content

  • Planning of marine operations
  • Design principles
  • Rules and regulations
  • Modeling and analysis of ocean environment
  • Modeling and analysis of floating systems
  • Weather windows for safe marine operations
  • Offshore lifting operations
  • Slamming loads and response to impulsive loads
  • Coupled dynamics of rigid bodies
  • Dynamics of submerged cables, risers and pipelines

In addition to the individual course topic, the study program shares a common project theme across all courses. This is addressed through the perspective and methodology of each course to deliver discipline specialization, as well as linking the different scopes and aspects into a holistic engineering view.

Learning outcome


  • Have thorough knowledge of common design principles
  • Have good knowledge of the various marine operations involved in offshore oil and gas, in offshore wind farms and in offshore aquaculture farming
  • Have good knowledge on how to plan marine operations
  • Have good knowledge of existing rules and regulations for marine operations
  • Have thorough knowledge of the ocean environment and how to model irregular sea states;
  • Have thorough knowledge of the statistical methods used to estimate the extent of weather windows;
  • Have thorough knowledge of how to model and analyse floating marine structures in order to manage required safety levels;


  • Can perform simple hand-calculated estimates of the environmental loads on ships and offshore structures;
  • Can analyse and interpret results from modeling and analysis of floating systems;
  • Can use relevant computer programs (e.g. SIMA/SIMO) to analyse marine operations;
  • Can use statistical methods to predict the probability that the vessel response exceeds a given threshold;
  • Can interpret results from relevant computer programs to assess whether the operations can be completed within the planned period

General competence

  • Can analyse relevant problems for marine operations and select the proper scientific methods to predict the expected behavior;
  • Can apply his/her knowledge on new related problems to carry out relevant projects;
  • Will be familiar with the terminology used in relevant academic and professional discussion of marine operations;
  • Can communicate effectively about the planning and execution of marine operations with both specialists and to the general public;
  • Can contribute to new thinking and in work effectively in a multidisciplinary engineering team.

Learning methods and activities

Class room lectures, homework and assignments. All mandatory assignments must be approved within given deadlines to gain access to the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Oral exam.

Re-sit exam: following semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)

Required previous knowledge

Admission priority will be given to the students belonging to the programme MSc. in Naval Architecture.

Course materials

Lecture notes.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Off-Shore Technology
  • Marine Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 E 2023-12-06 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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