Marine Operations (OFF600)

The course is aimed at the students who want to work with marine operations related to oil and gas platforms, offshore wind energy and offshore fish farming. The course prepares the students for their work on the master thesis within related themes through the thorough preparation of a project report.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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This course can be considered an extension of the course OFF580, Marine Technology and Design: dynamics of structures exposed to wave loads and modeling of waves as stochastic processes will here be considered. An introduction to vessel types and vessel response as well as mooring and dynamic positioning of vessels will be given. Different types of marine operations will be discussed. Themes such as weather windows and marine operations, towing, crane operations and underwater installation works are part of the course. Furthermore, risk assessments associated with marine operations will be part of the course.

Learning outcome

Give the students an introduction to the theme marine operations by:

  • Giving the students an introduction to vessels and response of vessels that are being used for marine operations
  • Giving the students an understanding of problems related to different types of marine operations
  • Giving the students an understanding of the limitations wind and waves pose on marine operations
  • Giving the students an understanding of the risks associated with marine operations
  • Preparing the students for work with their master thesis through the preparation of a thorough project report

Required prerequisite knowledge

OFF580 Marine Technology and Design


Written exam and assignment

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/2 4 Hours Letter grades All written and printed means are allowed., Valid calculator,
Project work 1/2 1 Semesters Letter grades

The project report shall be handed in prior to 15th November.All parts of the exam must be approved.

Coursework requirements

80 % of the homework exercises must be approved in order to get access to the exam

80% of exercises (4 out of 5) must be approved prior to the student is allowed to enter the exam. Home exercices could be given as group work.

Compulsory lab exercises (with demonstration of computer programme).

Visits to companies will not be compulsory.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Muk Chen Ong

Course teacher:

Lin Li

Course teacher:

Yihan Xing

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

In average four hours of lectures and one hour exercises every week, more during certain periods. Home exercises: 80% of exercises must be approved prior to the student is allowed to enter the exam. The exercises shall be handed in according to plans for the course. Active participation at lectures in class is recommended. All information about the course (including information about time for lectures) will be posted on Canvas.The course is given in English. Guest lecturers from industry might be invited on risk in marine operations. Mandatory work demands (such as hand in assignments, lab-assignments, projects, etc.) must be approved by course teacher within the given deadline.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Marine Operations (MOM490_1) 5
Marine Operations (OFF605_1) 5

Open for

Master level at the Faculty of Science and Technology for qualified students. PhD level at the Faculty of Science and Technology according to agreement with lecturer.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto