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SCS 3 - Ship Construction and Stability 3 NAUT 1863

Ocean Navigation Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course combines the knowledge of ship construction and the practical use of stability data to maintain seaworthiness. The course includes the calculation of the forces contributing to the stability of a ship; effect of adding, moving or discharging weights; the free surface effect of liquids and its danger to a listing vessel. The course also includes maintaining the integrity of the vessel's hull and superstructures.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of NAUT 1863 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 69393


Mon Apr 15 - Mon May 27 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 69393
  • Domestic fees $930.79
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 15 - May 27 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Class will be held at the BCIT Marine Campus. Please refer to the prerequisite section of the course webpage for any/all prerequisites. Required Textbook(s): Stability for Mates and Masters by M. Rhodes and Ship Construction by D.J. Eyres (7th ed.) purchase at A student manual and workbook will be provided in class. Note: A (CDN#) will be required for the issuance of a Transport Canada Training certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Calculate displacement of a vessel.
  • Calculate draft of a vessel at various loading conditions.
  • Determine fresh water allowance of a vessel.
  • Determine new draft after loading/discharging, and shifting weights.
  • Calculate ship’s centre of gravity, centre of buoyancy, and reserve buoyancy.
  • Calculate metacentric height (GM).
  • Calculate free surface effect and apply it to determine effective GM during sea passage.
  • Calculate trimming moments, change of trim, and determine final drafts after loading/discharging of cargo.
  • Determine centre of flotation and its importance in trimming of ship.
  • Use ship’s stability data book for a typical vessel to calculate final drafts and trim.
  • Use cross curves of stability to draw statical stability curves for loading conditions.
  • Calculate the area under the GZ curves using Simpson’s rule to determine compliance with IMO load line regulations, 1968.
  • Calculate final angle of heel after loading/discharging and moving weights on board.
  • Define basic ship construction terminology.
  • State periodic survey and statutory requirements for vessel inspection.
  • Identify damage control techniques for various flooding scenarios.
  • Explain how the integrity of hull and superstructure is maintained to prevent flooding.
  • Explain purpose of quick closing valves, fire dampers, and ventilators and fire extinguishing systems.

Effective as of Winter 2019

Related Programs

SCS 3 - Ship Construction and Stability 3 (NAUT 1863) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Master 150GT Domestic
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  2. Master 500GT Domestic
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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