British Columbia Institute of


MENG 1104 - Naval Architecture 1

Marine Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

Course Details

This is a preparatory course for students to write the Transport Canada “NAVAL ARCHITECTURE 1st Class” examination paper towards their Transport Canada 1st Class “Motor” Certificate of Competency. All topics covered in this course are listed in TP 2293E under 26.7 – NAVAL ARCHITECTURE (EXAMINATION CODE: 1NAR), and these are: Wetted surface formulae; Simpson’s rules applied to second moments of areas, centroids, centre of pressure, shearing force, and bending moment of loaded ship in still water; Transverse stability, hydrostatic curves, free surface effect, TPC; Rudders and stresses in rudder stock; Longitudinal stability; Draught, trim, and heel; Resistance and propulsion; Prediction of full-scale resistance from model experiments; Propellers; Ship construction; Effect of panting and pounding; Dry docking; Load line; Ship’s tonnage measurement and classification; Classed and unclassed ships; Damage control.


2nd Class Engineering Certificate (steam and/or motor).





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 46130

Mon Oct 28 - Fri Dec 20 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 28 - Dec 20 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 15:45 BMC



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. This is a preparatory course for students to write the Transport Canada “NAVAL ARCHITECTURE 1st Class” examination paper towards their Transport Canada 1st Class “Motor” Certificate of Competency. Required Texts: Naval Architecture 1 Student Manual (Provided in class) Volume 5: Ship Construction for Marine Students (Reed’s Marine Engineering Series) by E.A. Stokoe Ship Stability for Masters and Mates by Barrass/Derrett Ship Construction by D.J. Eyres & G.J. Bruce Reeds Mathematical Tables and Engineering Formulae by D. Reid Required Equipment: Non-programmable scientific calculator

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to perform calculations to determine:

  • Solve problems based on Archimedes’ principle of flotation and form coefficients.
  • Calculate the shift of centre of gravity and KG due to loading, unloading, or moving weights.
  • Calculate areas, volume, and centroids of irregular shapes using Simpson’s First and Second Rules.
  • Calculate centres of pressure, shearing force, and bending moment of a loaded ship in still water.
  • Calculate moment of statical stability using GZ curves, cross curves of stability, and hydrostatic curves.
  • Calculate free surface effect due to bilging of compartments using the lost-buoyancy and added-mass methods.
  • Calculate longitudinal BM, GM, statical stability, centre of flotation and moment to change trim by one centimetre.
  • Calculate forces acting on the rudder, and stresses in rudder stock, when turning.
  • Solve simple problems on the prediction of full-scale resistance from model experiments.
  • Solve problems on propellers involving the use of wake factor, ep, dp, QPC, thrust power, and qualitative treatment of cavitation.
  • Sketch and describe the forces acting on a ship under various conditions, including the effect of panting and pounding.
  • Describe the design and constructional features of general cargo ships, crude tankers, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro vessels, gas tankers, chemical carriers, refrigerated vessels, container ships, fast ferries, tug boats, and ice breakers.
  • Describe the constructional details of various parts of a steel ship, and explain the use of high-tensile steel and aluminium alloy in ship construction.
  • Describe the structural fire protection arrangements on a ship.
  • Describe the precautions and inspections carried out before and during dry docking, and prior to undocking.
  • Explain the principles of ship tonnage measurement, ship classification, and load line assignment on ships.
  • Describe shipboard damage control methods by counter-ballasting, temporary patching, structural reinforcing, temporary, and semi-permanent shoring.

Effective as of Winter 2016


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