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NABP2005 On Board training II

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The course is based on 8 weeks on board a ship. During this period, the student is mustered as student, but the sailing time will count when applying for deck officer license.

On board, the student will work in an international environment. In some vessels, the student may work together with one or several Norwegians, while other vessels will have full international crews. This depends om which vessels are available for students' cadet training. This means that the student has to communicate in English, which is the working language on board many ships. The student must relate to and collaborate with colleagues having various nationalities and cultural backgrounds, and must be aware of how to communicate and interact. Some vessels will operate mainly in national waters, while other vessels will operate mainly in international waters and ports.

On board training II is the second of four on board training courses, and the practical training is mainly directed towards navigation. In addition, familiarization with ship techology and related issues will be in focus this period. This will be linked with the perspectives from completed courses from previous semesters, and will form the basis for working with following courses.

Practical information

The course consist of the following parts:

Safety training: For students without valid STCW advanced safety training in accordance with STCW table A-VI/2-1, A-VI/3 and A-VI/4-1, this course will be completed before departure.

Start: About the course. Preparations for the on board training is carried out in the early parts of the spring semester.

On board training: The on board training is carried out on board an assigned vessel. Date of departure and return may vary, but all students stay on board for eight weeks. The responsible training officer on board will follow up on the student together with the administrative and academically responsible persons from HVL. Working days on board is 12 hrs Monday to Friday and 8 hrs Saturday and Sunday, giving a total working week 76 hours. The student follows the shift arrangements on board. In addition to relevant tasks assigned by the ship's crew, the student works with Webcadet tasks while on board.

Completion: The on board training is completed by a gathering where all students share their experiences, reflections and perspectives with their fellow students.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • has knowledge of navigation
  • has broad knowledge of characteristics of different weather systems, reporting procedures and registration systems


The student

  • Can determine the position of the vessel by using different techniques such as terrestrial navigation, celestial navigation and dead reckoning
  • Can use navigational charts and publications
  • Can prove compass error for magnetic and gyro compasses by astronomical and terrestrial means
  • Can use and interpret information form meteorological instruments on board
  • Can use available meteorological and navigational information on different problems and make well founded decisions
  • Can maintain a safe navigational watch
  • Can react in emergency situations and initiate correct actions
  • Can send and receive information through optical signalling
  • Can maneuvre the vessel
  • Can prevent, limit and extinguish fire on board
  • Can reflect on own practice and adjust in accordance with feedback


The student

  • Has achieved the competence goals 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8 and 1.9, and the competence criteria 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.9, 1.1.11, 1.1.12 and 1.1.13 in Webcadet
  • Can connect the practical experiences from the on board practice to theory
  • Can plan and execute work tasks alone and together with others and in accordance with ethical requirements and standards
  • Can organize and lead own work
  • Has insight in relevant ethical and professional issues related to navigation and safety
  • Can communicate relevant academic content as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally
  • Can disseminate views and share experiences with others within the area in writing and orally

Entry requirements

Completed and passed NABP1004 On board training I, NAB1026 Navigation I and NAB1027 Navigation II

Valid medical certificate without restrictions in accordance with FOR-2014-06-05-805 Forskrift om helseundersøkelse av arbeidstakere på norske skip og flyttbare innretninger

Valid passport

Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

The on board training course is mainly carried out on board a vessel.

The teaching and learning forms are based on student activity, and the student is to a great extent responsible for adapting the necessary knowledge.

Central elements in the course are participation in preparation lectures for the onboard training, practical training, e-learning, self studies and participation in final gathering.

Compulsory learning activities

The following compulsory learning activities must be approved to be able to do the onboard training:

- Completed and approved STCW advanced safety training for seafarers

- 100 % attendance at onboard training preparation lectures

The following compulsory learning activities must be carried out during the onboard training period:

- Completed competence goals 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8 and 1.9 including all related competence criteria in Webcadet.

- Completed competence criterias 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.9, 1.1.11, 1.1.12 og 1.1.13 in Webcadet.


On board training is assessed to passed / not passed after a final evaluation of the students' achievements in the practical training period. To pass on board training the students has to achieve the learning outcomes and fulfill the attendance requirements.

Examination support material

All aids allowed.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB3039 - Integrert praksis - Reduction: 2 studypoints