MMO5011 Ship Operation and Maintenance Systems

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Due to Covid-19, changes may occur in course descriptions for the autumn semester of 2020. Changes in each course will be published on Studentweb or Canvas. When a course description has been changed there, the description on web is no longer valid. Examples of such changes could be accomplishment of practice, course type, or whether letter grades or passed/not passed will be used as grading scales.

Contents and structure

Course Contents:

General ship operation and maintenance with a focus on offshore technology/vessels, Strategies and methods for maintenance, Reliability and availability of equipment and systems, Condition monitoring, Analysis methods to establish maintenance programs i. e. "Reliability Centred Maintenance" (RCM), Computer based systems for maintenance management and spare part Control, Fire detection and -extinguishing systems on ships.

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • can describe general principles for ship operations
  • can describe different strategies and methods for maintenance of technical systems and equipment;
  • is familiar with definitions related to reliability and availability of technical systems
  • is able to prescribe condition monitoring systems for various types of equipment;
  • has basic knowledge of central topics in electrical engineering, including measuring principles related to condition monitoring;
  • is able to explain computer aided maintenance systems;


The student:

  • can establish strategies and methods for maintenance including inspection, preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance and condition monitoring;
  • can calculate the reliability and availability of technical systems and equipment;
  • can describe various principles of measuring physical quantities;
  • is able to carry out analyses to establish and optimize maintenance systems;
  • can specify computer aided maintenance- and spare part systems;
  • is able to specify fire detection and extinguishing systems.

General Qualifications:

The student:

  • is able to explain the importance of maintenance with respect to safety, environment, availability and total economy;
  • has sufficient knowledge of instrumentation and signal transmission to cooperate with the instrumentation engineers on the ship and offshore installations;
  • can work in teams together with other persons to prepare and perform project work.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Physics; Maths.

Teaching methods

Lectures, calculation exercises, project work and self studies.

If possible: visit a typical offshore vessel.

Course requirements



1. Written exam, 4 hours. 60/100.

2. Portfolio, 2 mandatory written assignments. 40/100.

Grade A-F.

Examination support material

1. Written exam - Formula book

2. Portfolio (Reports etc.) - All helping aids and printed documents allowed

Allowed calculator is Casio fx-991EX

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