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NAUT 1863 - SCS 3 - Ship Construction and Stability 3

Ocean Navigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define basic construction terminology.
  • Describe construction of various types of vessels.
  • Identify various structural members on a vessel.
  • Sketch and describe International Load lines.
  • Explain how watertight integrity is maintained.
  • Identify damage control techniques for flooding scenarios.
  • Define basic ship stability terminology.
  • Explain principles of floatation, trim and freeboard.
  • Explain principles of transverse stability and state of equilibrium.
  • Explain principles of longitudinal stability and the condition of trim.
  • Describe free surface effect and precautions to be taken to minimise this effect.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

NAUT 1863 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

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


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