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NABP2001 Maritime technology

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The course covers relevant regulatory requirements in STCW with additions, table A-II / 1 and A-II / 2. In this course students gain knowledge about machinery, engine room systems and technical ship equipment in a sustainable perspective and where the green shift in the maritime industry is central. Students gain insight into environmentally friendly propulsion systems and energy carriers. The course introduces cybersecurity and other issues that arise as a result of the increasing degree of digitization. In addition, students learn about the continuity equation, Bernoulli's equation, flow in pipes and circuit processes. They gain insight into compressors, pipe and pump characteristics and operating points.

Learning Outcome


The student

• Understand how maritime engines are built and how they work.

• Has broad knowledge of various propulsion systems and how sustainable these are.

• Has broad knowledge of operation and operation of ships and engine systems, as well as refrigeration systems and hydraulic systems.

• Has broad knowledge of cyber security and current issues related to digitization on board ships.

• Has broad knowledge of thermodynamic processes.

• Understand how thermodynamic factors and flow can affect cargo and cargo operations.


The student

• Can perform bunker calculation, refrigeration and hydraulic calculations.

• Can use the continuity equation and Bernoulli's equation in calculations and perform calculations using the energy equation.

• Can calculate thermodynamic circuit processes for turbines, compressors, cooling machines, heat pumps and motors.

• Can calculate pressure drop and assess pipe and pump characteristics as a basis for operating points and regulation.

• Can use information on climatic conditions, temperature and humidity to assess air quality in a cargo hold.

• Can apply professional knowledge and relevant results from research and development work to make informed choices, for example related to the use of resources in the operation of ships.

General Qualifications:

The student

• Can convey key subject matter in in written or spoken form.

• Can exchange views on technical issues, propulsion and cargo handling, as well as relevant experiences, with machinists and others on board, and contribute to the development of good practice.

• Knows new thinking and innovation in heat and fluid dynamics and marine machinery.

• Has insight into relevant challenges related to digitalisation and green shift in the maritime industry.

• The course covers relevant IMO requirements as described in STCW 78 as amended, table A-II / 1 and A-II / 2.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

NAB1001 Physics and NABP1002 Mathmatics or equivalent

Teaching methods

Lectures, problem solving activities, possible excursions, self-study and individual and group-based student activity.

Compulsory learning activities

Two written assignments. Both must be approved in order to sit for the final exam.


Written exam, 5 hours, accounts for 100 % final grade.

Graded scale A-F.

Written exams may be given electronically.

Examination support material

Approved calculator: Casio fx - 991EX. Teknisk formelsamling med tabeller by Svein Erik Pedersen, Jan Gustavsen, Svein Kaasa og Oddmund Olsen

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Course reductions

  • NAB2011 - Varme- og strøymingslære - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • NAB2052 - Marint maskineri - Reduction: 5 studypoints