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NABP3004 Vessel management III

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

Course content

  • General introduction to load handling on different types of ships:
    • Bulk ship
    • Tanker
    • Container ship
    • Passenger ship
    • Offshore supply ships
    • General Cargo ships
    • RoRo ships
  • Introduction to use in maritime regulations related to load processing:
    • SOLAS
    • MARPOL Annex III, IV, V
      • Basic introduction to Annex I and II
    • IBC Code
    • IGC Code
    • IMDG Code
    • Bulk Carrier
    • Code/Grain Code
    • OSV Code
    • Ballast Water Management Code
    • Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seamen
    • ISPS Code
    • LSA Code
  • Mandatory simulator training
    • Loading simulator
    • Tank Simulator
  • Physical properties of oil gas and chemicals:
    • Basic introduction to chemistry and chemical elements
    • Physical properties of oil and chemicals transported in bulk
  • Tankers (Oil & Chemical tankers) and other ships (gas tankser & OSVs) for carrying liquid cargoes in bulk
    • Arrangement of systems for cargo
    • Pump systems and ejectors
    • Cargo heating systems Inert gas system
  • Safety culture and management on tankers:
    • Identification of operational hazards and risks on board:
    • Health hazards
    • Environmental hazards
    • Reactivity hazards/chemistry/acid bases
    • Dangers of corrosion
    • Explosion and fire hazards
    • Sources of ignition.
    • Hazards represented by electrostatic discharges
    • Possible sources of Poisoning
    • Dangers of gas leaks
  • Risk mitigation measures and management on board tankers:
    • Inerting, water padding, drying agents and monitoring techniques
    • Anti-static measures
    • Ventilation
    • Cargo segregation
    • Cargo inhibition
    • The importance of cargo compatability
    • What information does an MSDS provide?
  • Safety training:
    • Control of atmosphere in closed room
    • Review of a gas meter
    • Gas measurement
    • Precautions when entring enclosed spaces
    • Precautions to be taken before and during repair and maintenance work in areas where hazardous gas may occur
    • Precautions to take during hot work
    • Precautions to take when working on live cables and rails
    • First aid related to MSDS and MFAG
  • Load Operations:
    • Load order Inerting
    • The loading and unloading process
    • Tank cleaning
  • Purging and gas-freeing Hazards and emergencies on board:
    • Procedures
    • Organization
    • Alarms
    • Emergency procedures
  • Case work
    • Fire and explosion during unloading operation from an oil tanker
    • Gas poisoning of crew when working in tank (squeeging) during unloading operation

Learning Outcome

The course includes a gas measurement course that, upon passing a test in gas measurement, give the students a certificate in gas measurement.

In combination with other subjects in this study, this subject leads to the theoretical basis for the students to apply to the Norwegian Maritime Administration for the "Basic Tankerman Certificate for Oil, Gas and Chemical".

Entry requirements

NABP 2004/Vessel Management I

Recommended previous knowledge

Vessel Management II

Teaching methods

Lectures, case work, self studies. Use of information of/from vessel the has had their practise periods.

Compulsory learning activities

T gain the right to sit for the exam in this subject the student must have:

  1. Min 80% attendence to compulsory simulator excercises
  2. 2 of 2 assignments passed. Collaborative group work with up to 3 students pr group is permitted.
  3. 100% attendance in the gas measurment course


Project assignment on the loading/unloading process from a self-selected vessel.

At a minimum, the student must apply relevant literature as well as a separate chapter on cargo documentation.

The thesis is judged "Approved"/"Not approved".

Examination support material

All accessible 

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Course reductions

  • NAB2028 - Lasteteknikk - Reduction: 3 studypoints