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NABP2004 Vessel management - ship construction

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

Introduction to ship construction, choice of construction materials, shear forces and bending moments, hull construction, stresses on the hull beam, and calculation and assignment of freeboard. Introduction to the various choices the ship owner and naval architect may be faced with in the design process and how these choices influence the finished ship.


  • Ship construction, strenghts and stresses in the hull beam
    • Choice of materials
  • Ship construction principles
  • Ship design
    • Choice of main dimensions
    • Design coefficients
    • Frames and plates
    • Calculation of lightship weights
    • Calculation of cargo capacities in a new ship
    • Calculation of hydrostatic particulars
    • Hull resistance, speed, power requirements and power coefficients
    • Propeller and rudder design
    • Bulb design
  • Shear forces and bending moments
  • Corrosion
  • Intact stability
  • Specific ship type construction
  • Vibration in ships
  • Ship registration and ship documents
  • Ship trials; what is tested?

Learning Outcome


The Student has:

1. Basic knowledge of:

  • Ship construction, strengths and stresses in the hull beam
    • Choice of construction materials
  • Various principles within ship construction
  • Ship design
    • Estimation of main dimensions
    • Design coefficients
    • Frames, framing systems, and plate thicknesses
    • Estimation of light ship weights
    • Estimation of hydrostatic data
    • Ship resistance, speed, power requirements and power coefficients
    • Propeller and rudder design
    • Bulbdesign
  • Construction requirements for various ship types
  • Vibration in ships
  • Ship registry and the ship's trading documents
  • Sea trials; what is tested

2. Broad knowledge in:

  • Intact stability, shear forces and bending moments, corrosion


The Student is able to:

  • Describe the various components of a ship
  • Explain how the various components of the ship influence on the ship designand is able to perform calculations which showes how the ship design can be altered by using different parameters in the design process.
  • By applying the aquired knowledge, perform calculation calculations which demonstrates how the naval architect has designed the ship
  • Perform research into various types of ship design
  • Enter into a discussion regarding ship design
  • Participate in a creative process regarding ship construction

General Qualifications:

The student:

- Has theoretical competence required for the subject as per STCW 78 as Amended, tables A-II/1 and A-II/2.

- Has insight into relevant academic and professional issues.

- Can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

NABP1002 Mathematics

NAB1001 Physics

Teaching methods

Lectures, work shops and own studies.

Compulsory learning activities



Written school exam 4 hours, in either Norwegian or English

Grading: A-F

Examination support material

Allowed calculator is: Casio fx-991EX.

Teknisk formelsamling med tabeller by Svein Erik Pedersen, Jan Gustavsen, Svein Kaasa og Oddmund Olsen will be delivered by the school.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB2022 - Skipsteknikk - Reduction: 3 studypoints
  • NAB2007 - Skipskonstruksjon - Reduction: 3 studypoints