MMO5009 Maritime Operations

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

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Contents and structure


  • Aspects of shipping operations with emphasis on the Arctic
  • Example of an advanced maritime operation

Dynamic Motions of Ships

  • Kinematics and dynamics of ocean waves
  • Natural frequencies and frequency of encounter
  • Wave-induced motions
  • Risk of resonance and minimization of ship motions

Under-keel Clearance Management in Shallow Waters and Channels

  • Signs of shallow water entrance
  • Parameters affecting the under-keel clearance (UKC)
  • Hydrodynamic interaction with bottom topography
  • Examples of actual UKC calculations by simulation software

Collision Avoidance at Sea

  • The effect of speed - aspect ratio for high speed craft navigation
  • Time to - and distance at - closest point of approach
  • Collision risk assessment in true motion to multiple targets
  • Target selection procedure in congested waterways

Ship Weather Routing

  • Optimization criteria
  • Principle of the isochrone method to solve the optimization problem

Demonstration of Maritime Operation(s) on Full-mission Bridge Simulator

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • Knows the principles of maritime operations with emphasis on how the environment affects the operations.
  • Has thorough understanding of the key environmental factors affecting the performance of maritime operations.
  • Knows the fundamental hydrodynamics as a theoretical basis for ship dynamic motions.
  • Has advanced knowledge in collision and grounding avoidance at sea.
  • Knows the principles of ship weather routing.


The student:

  • Is able to use appropriate analytical approaches to perform assessment of maritime operations.
  • Is able to understand limitations in modelling and simulation of maritime operations.
  • Is able to propose and evaluate solutions for planning of effective operations.

General Qualifications:

The student:

  • Is able to work in project teams of maritime operations, including international and interdisciplinary project teams.
  • Has the foundation to acquire new and more advanced knowledge related to work tasks and operations within the maritime field.
  • Can contribute in discussions regarding relevant maritime operations.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

MMO5003 Modern ship design: Safety, limitations and hazards or equivalent.

Teaching methods

Lectures, group-work, self-studies, possible simulator demonstrations.

Course requirements



Portfolio. Two out of three assignments shall be turned in as the final portfolio. 

Grading scale: A-F

Examination support material

All supporting materials allowed.

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