TMR4130 - Risk Analysis and Safety Management of Marine Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours D

Course content

Introduction to rules and regulations in marine and maritime safety. The risk concept and other key concepts. Description of the risk picture based on accident statistics. Accident theories, accident investigation and analysis. Common methods for risk analysis. Methods for calculating risk for navigation accidents. Human reliability; error mechanisms, influencing factors and modelling approaches. Security. Emergency Preparedness. Risk and safety measures, risk acceptance criteria. Risk control measures and options, including cost-benefit analysis. Risk monitoring.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, the candidate shall be able to:

  • Describe the terminology within the field of risk and safety management in marine and maritime activities and use this terminology in a correct way.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the safety regulations in the marine and maritime sector, who the main actors are, and how enforcement is performed.
  • Describe the main elements of a safety management system.
  • Describe the most common accident models and use some accident investigation methods.
  • Describe what risk analysis is, what the main elements are, the most common methods used, and be able to use this knowledge to plan and perform a risk analysis.
  • Describe key human factors that influence human performance and be able to incorporate and analyze the effect in risk analysis.
  • Explain Formal Safety Assessment and be able to apply the method on practical cases.
  • Describe methods for risk calculations for the most common types of marine and maritime accidents, such as collision and grounding, and how to apply these methods in practical cases.
  • Describe principles for risk reduction and cost-benefit analysis and be able to apply this to identify risk reduction measures and calculate cost-efficiency of proposed measures.
  • Describe the main types of data required for risk analysis and how to analyze and apply data in practice, including for risk monitoring.
  • Use databases and risk analysis tools to perform risk analysis.
  • Understand the main security challenges in the marine and maritime industry.
  • Understand the main principles of emergency preparedness and response.
  • Comment critically on strengths and weaknesses of risk analysis.
  • The course will also contribute to develop general competence in:
    • Cooperating with others on performing a project related to safety management and risk analysis, and communicating the results

Learning methods and activities

Lecture and assignments. All lectures are given in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Aggregated assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The assessment is based on different parts, a final written exam (counts 60%) and work (counts 40%), as well as compulsory exercises required for taking the exam. A letter grade is given for each part and a final letter grade will be assigned. Postponed/repeated exams may be changed into oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken. Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Course materials

Haugen, S & Kristiansen S. 2023. Maritime transportation. Safety management and risk analysis. 2nd edition. Routledge.

Other material to be announced at course start.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Operation and Maintenance Engineering
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Maintenance and Risk Analysis
  • Operation technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Risk Analysis
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 60/100 D PAPIR
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU