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NABP3001 On Board training III

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 III is the third of four on board training courses, and the practical training is mainly directed ship technology. In addition will managerial and leadership related issues and a completion of the topic navigation be central parts of the practical training. The practical experiences from the on board training will be linked with the perspectives from courses from the two first years, and will form the basis for working with the following courses.

The course consist of the following parts:

Start: About the course. Preparations for the on board training is carried out in the two first years of study, in order for the students to be ready for departure when the fall semester starts.

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 broad knowledge of the vessel's routines for loading, stowage, securing and discharging of cargo
  • has broad knowledge of factors affecting the vessel's stability and principles for watertight integrity
  • has broad knowledge of the vessel's construction
  • has thorough knowledge of where to find emergency aids on board own vessel


The student

  • can communicate effectively and in accordance with procedures in English on board
  • can monitor loading, stowing, securing and discarging of cargo
  • can discover and report damages and shortcomings in cargo holds, hatch covers and ballast tanks
  • understands which factors impact the vessel's watertight integrity and can implement actions to maintain watertight integrity
  • can calculate stability by using information and equipment available on board
  • can name the parts of a vessel and it's functions
  • can use the emergency aids on board
  • can give medical first aid on board
  • can reflect on own practice and adjust in accordance with feedback


The student

  • has achieved the competence goals 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 in Webcadet
  • can relate practical experiences from the on board training to theory
  • can plan and execute tasks alone and together with others in line with etichal standards and regulations
  • can organize and lead own work
  • has insight in relevant professional and work ethic issues related to navigation, ship technology and safety
  • can communicate relevant academic content as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally in Norwegian and English
  • can disseminate views and share experiences with others within the area in writing and orally
  • knows of new thinking and innovation processes within the maritime industry

Entry requirements

Completed and passed NABP1004 On board training I, NAB1026 Navigation I, NAB1027 Navigation II, NAB2014 Navigation III, NABP2001 Maritime technology and NABP2002 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science.

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 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 including all related competence criteria 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