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NABP3002 Vessel management - hydrostatic

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

Introduction to hydrostatic, stability and trim on ship or vessel.

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • Has broad knowledge within central topics, issues, tools and methods within hydrostatics and stability.
  • Has knowledge of initial stability, trim, list, dynamic and static stability, effect of free liquid surface, icing, loadline and damage stability.
  • Knows of reserach and development within hydostatics and stability
  • can update their knowledge within hydostatics and stability


The student:

  • Can demonstrate which factors affect a vessel's hydrostatics and stability
  • Can carry out calculations within stability, damage stability, trim, list, dynamic stability, static stability, free liquid surface effect, icing and loadline
  • Can use hydrostatic data to solve stability and trim issues for a specific vessel
  • Can do well founded choices based on academic and professional knowledge and relevant results from reserach and development within hydrostatics and stability
  • Can find, evaluate and refer to information and use this on relevant issues related to hydrostatics and stability
  • Can reflect on central topics within maintenance, hydrostatics and stability in a sustainable perspective

General competence

The student:

  • Can communicate relevant academic content as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally
  • Can disseminate views related to ship stability, construction or design with others within the maritime domain amd contribute to development of practice
  • Can plan and execute tasks and projects within ethical standards and regulations
  • Has competence in accordance with relevant parts of STCW 78 as Amended, table A-II/1 and A-II/2

Recommended previous knowledge

NABP1002 Mathematics

NABP1001 Physics

Teaching methods

Lectures, work shops and assignements when onboard

Compulsory learning activities

There will be three compulsory assignments of which 2 must be approved.

Assignments will consist of up to 20 tasks each.

Each assignment will be a combination of given lectures and mathematical computations.

Dates for submission of compulsory work will be given at the start of the semester.


Written exam, 5 hours

Graded A - F, where "A" is best score and "E" is the lowest pass score. Grade "F" is reserved for excam not passed.

Examination support material

Allowed calculator is: Casio fx-991EX.

Teknisk formelsamling med tabeller by Svein Erik Pedersen, Jan Gustavsen, Svein Kaasa og Oddmund Olsen.

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Course reductions

  • NAB2022 - Skipsteknikk - Reduction: 10 studypoints