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NAB2014 Navigation III

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

  • Shallow water and interaction effects
  • Mooring and anchoring
  • Tugs in ship handling
  • Ice navigation
  • Ship in emergencies
  • Adverse weather and weather routeing
  • Colreg
  • Dead reckoning navigation
  • Great circle navigation
  • Time and timekeeping
  • Celestial navigation
  • Passage planning

  • The subject covers relevant IMO requirements stated in STCW78 found in tables A-II/1 and A-II/2.
  • This course is in combination with the courses NAB1026 Navigation I and NAB1027 Navigation II forms the foundation for course diploma for ARPA, ECDIS and AIS.
  • This course in combination with NAB1026 Practical Navigation I, NAB1027 Navigation II and NAB3010 Operational Management forms the foundation for the BRM course diploma.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • Has thorough knowledge Colreg. and use of these in all situations
  • Has knowledge about different types of tugs, and use of these in harbour operations
  • Has knowledge of different ship components and design that form the basis for ship manoeuvrability
  • Knows the effects wind, waves and current have on ship manoeuvre capability
  • Has knowledge of ship interaction and shallow water effect, principles for use of pilot and piloting technics
  • Has knowledge of anchoring and mooring equipment and use of these
  • Has knowledge of ice navigation and operation in adverse weather and weather routing
  • Has thorough knowledge of passage planning in all navigable waters and under all conditions
  • Has thorough knowledge of the contents in the manual IAMSAR Vol III
  • Has thorough knowledge of transmarine passage planning and monitoring, including dead reckoning and celestial navigation



 The student

  • Can make a complete passage planning by the use of chart and other nautical publications
  • Can determine the ship`s position by use of celestial and terrestrial navigation technics in all waters
  • Can handle a ship under all conditions, including manoeuvring in shallow waters and narrows
  • Can use the procedures in IAMSAR III
  • Can apply the Colregs. during a voyage
  • Can manoeuvre a vessel under influence of different environmental conditions



The student

  • Can at simulator navigate and handle a vessel under different environmental conditions
  • Has skills in manoeuvring in harbours under different environmental conditions in simulator exercises
  • Can apply his/her knowledge on practical and theoretical problems in passage planning, monitorering and executing a voyage under all conditions, and make reflected decisions based on this knowledge
  • Can, based on an incident rapport, explain which Colreg. rules that are violated and what action could been taken to avoid the close quarter situation
  • Can participate and co-ordinate a SAR operations as described in IAMSAR Vol III

Entry requirements

NAB1026 Navigation I

Recommended previous knowledge

NAB1027 Navigation II

Teaching methods

Lectures and simulator exercises

Compulsory learning activities

  • 4 written assignments. All four must be approved in order to take the final exam. 
  • Mandatory weekly simulator exercises throughout the teaching period. Max 1 "not approved". 


Practical exam will be held in the simulator. Weight 30 %. Grade A - F

Written exam, 5 hrs, may be conduted electronically. Weight 70 %. Grade A - F

Examination support material

- divider and parallell ruler.

-  divider and parallell ruler.

Astronomiske- og andre navigasjonstabeller, 1990

Calculator: Casio fx-991EX.  "Teknisk formelsamling (Pedersen, Gustavsen, Kaasa og Olsen)" is handed out during the exam..

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Course reductions

  • NAB1002 - Terrestrisk navigasjon - Reduction: 2.5 studypoints
  • NAB1016 - Navigasjonsinstrument II - Reduction: 1 studypoints
  • NAB2004 - Praktisk navigasjon II - Reduction: 6.5 studypoints