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BAMM3005 Ship Safety and Security Law

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The course "Maritime law" is a special branch in Maritime Law, focusing on national and international requirements concerning ships safety and ship security. Central themes are:

- The Law of the Sea, includning which wessels are obliged and where.

- The company, masteres and others persons working on board duties in relation to ship safety and security and safety management.

- Legal requirements concerning technical and operational safety, including certificates.

- Including rules concerning safe navigation, manning and watchkeeping.

- Legal requirements concerning working environment and personal safety.

- Legal requirements concerning polution and environmental safety.

- Legal requirements concerning ship security in relation to terrorism, piracy, cyberthreats etc.

- Control and supervisjon with ship safety and security, including Port State Control in accordance with the Paris MoU and EU-directives.

- Legal sanctions and criminal liability.

A theme throughout the subject is how international rules and regulations are implemented into national law. Central international instruments and conventions are: UNCLOS, SOLAS, COLREG, MLC, MARPOL, ISM-Code, ISPS-Code, Paris MoU etc.

The central norwegian legislation is the Ship Safety and Security Act of 2007.

The content and applications of the rules and regulations will during the course be illustrated with case-studies, such as: Helge Ingstad (2018), Bourbon Dolphin (2007), Sleipner (1999) etc.

This is an elective course, and it has not been decided whether this course will take place in the academic year 2024/2025.

Learning Outcome


The student

- has broad knowledge about central themes, the legal framework and legel method within maritime legislation, including: Ship Safety and Security Act and secondary legislation, central international conventions from IMO, ILO and the EU, such as SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, MLC, ISM-code and ISPS-code, Paris MoU etc.

- understands how the international legal framework has been transformed to norwegian law.

- knows how to update his or her knowledge on maritim legislation.

- has knowledge about the development of maritim legislation and its place in maritime law and seafaring.


The student

- can find, apply and refer to maritime legislation and subject material, and present this and solve legal problems in accordance with legal method.

- possess ability to interpret regulations and apply them on current issues.

- interprets and understands provisions of law.

- has the ability to apply the content of such provisions on specific issues in accordance with legal method.

- is familiar to certificates and documents to be on board - in accordance with norwegian law and international conventions - and sees how the certificates in question are obtained and their period of validity.

- is able to reflect over professional conduct and adjust the conduct under guidance.

General competence

The student

- is able to comprehend theoretical knowledge to actual situations.

- is able to relate to the international rule of maritime law indifferent of being onboard a ship, on land or as a representative of authorities.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

The course is part of a transition arrangement from a 2-year maritime technical vocational school to a bachelor's degree.


Knowledge of and experience from working with Safety Management.

Knowledge and understanding of maritime operations in practice.

Knowledge of law, as well as Norwegian and / or international maritime regulations, e.g. maritime law.

Teaching methods

Session-based teaching

Compulsory learning activities



Folder exam. The folder consists of two folder elements, both of which must be passed.

Grade scale A-F.

Examination support material

All aids allowed.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB2019 - Maritimt regelverk - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • NABP3003 - Sjørett - Reduction: 5 studypoints