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NAB1027 Navigation II

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

Course contents:

  • The International Convention for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG)
  • Watckeeping
  • Morse and signals
  • Deck log book keeping
  • Pilotage.
  • VTS and other ship rapporting systems
  • Nautical publications and passage planning.
  • Port State Control
  • Geodesy and chart corrections
  • Chartwork.
  • Calculating current and drift
  • Accuracy of electronic line of position(LOP)
  • Satellite based navigation systems.
  • Land-based navigation systems.
  • Short distance positions systems
  • Integrated navigation systems.
  • Requirements for electronic navigational systems
  • Dynamic positioning systems (DP)
  • Inertial Navigation System (INS)
  • Acoustic navigational systems.
  • Earth magnetisme, magnetic compass and other compasses

Practical information:

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 NAB 2014 Navigation III the foundation for course diploma for ARPA, ECDIS and AIS.

This course in combination with NAB1026 Practical Navigation I, NAB 2014 Navigation III and NAB3010 Operational Management/NABP4001 Maritime communication and leadership are the foundation for the BRM course diploma.

The student must get hold of norwegian chart no. 21 & 23 before the vourse starts.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • has thorough knowledge of navigation systems use, mode of operation, accuracy and limitations.
  • knows the development work so he/she is able to update his/her knowledge in the discipline.
  • can make a position fix for a ship by using terrestrial navigation techniques at a coastal voyage
  • has thorough knowledge of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions At Sea (COLREG) and use of signals
  • Knows how to keep a safe navigational watch, including keeping of deck log book
  • has basic knowledge about the impact the environment has on ship's maneuvering ability
  • has knowledge of Port state controll, nautical publications , ship reporting systems and the principles for piloting
  • has thorough knowledge about chart projections and geodetical datums
  • has thorough knowledge about passage planning in coastal waters and other areas with heavy traffic


The student

  • can evaluate navigation systems mode of operation, accuracy limitations and performance
  • can utilize knowledge of chart, navigation systems, COLREG,standards for watch keeping, Port State Control and keeping of deck log book at practical and theoretical problem in planning, monitoring and executing of a voyage, based on justified choices
  • can, at simulator,under influence of different environmental forces, demonstrate skills in maneuvering and ship handling
  • can use nautical publication to obtain information for reporting systems, pilotage and tidal conditions
  • can interact in a bridge team work


The student

  • can by use of knowledge of navigation systems, COLREG, Standards of watchkeeping, chart and other nautical publications, plan and carry out a safe voyage while influenced by variating environment forces

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

NAB1026 Navigation I

Teaching methods

Lectures, chart work and assignments, simulator exercises.

Compulsory learning activities

Mandatory simulator exercises, max 1 absence without sick note. Must be approved to take the practical/oral exam on simulator.

1 wiseflow test. Must be approved to take the written exam.

2 written assignments. Both must be approved to take the written exam.


Practical exam will be held in the simulator. Weight 30 %.Grade: A-E/passed; F/failed.

Written exam, 5 hrs., may be conducted electronically. Weight 70 %. Grade: A-E/passed; F/failed.

Examination support material

Practical exam - divider and parallel ruler

Written exam - Casio fx-991EX calculator and Teknisk formelsamling (Pedersen, Gustavsen, Kaasa og Olsen). Teknisk formelsamling will be handed out at the exam.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB1016 - Navigasjonsinstrument II - Reduction: 2.5 studypoints
  • NAB1004 - Praktisk navigasjon I - Reduction: 2.5 studypoints
  • NAB2004 - Praktisk navigasjon II - Reduction: 3 studypoints
  • NAB1002 - Terrestrisk navigasjon - Reduction: 2 studypoints