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 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Important themes are:

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

By completing this course, the students shall gain the following knowledge, skills and general competencies:


  • Gain understanding of problems related to different types of marine operations.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of vessel responses which are being used for marine operations.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of wind, wave and current loads influencing marine operations.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of lifting operations.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of weather restricted and unrestricted operations.
  • Gain knowledge on station-keeping systems for floating marine structures.
  • Gain knowledge on pipelaying operations.
  • Gain knowledge on risk analysis in marine operations.
  • Gain knowledge on numerical simulations and analyses.


  • Can perform dynamic simulations of vessels and other marine structures.
  • Can perform design and planning of lifting operations.
  • Can use the learnt knowledge applied to different types of marine operations.
  • Can perform risk analysis in marine operations.
  • Can work on course project related to real-life engineering applications.

General competencies:

  • Can work on technical solutions to relevant professional and research problems.
  • Can work in teams and manage real-life engineering projects.
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out assignments and projects.
  • Can communicate effectively with engineers, specialists and the general public on engineering problems and solutions.

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 Valid calculator
Project work 1/2 1 Semesters Letter grades All

The written exam is conducted with pen and paper.All parts of the exam must be passed.The project assignment is individual.No re-sit opportunities are offered on the project assignment. Students who do not pass the project assignment can retake this part the next time the course has regular teaching.

Coursework requirements

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

80% of exercises must be approved prior to the student is allowed to enter the exam. Home exercies can be given as group work.

Compulsory lab exercises (with demonstration of computer programme).

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

Lectures, exercises, and laboratory execises.

Overlapping courses

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

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Marine and Subsea Technology, Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Marine and Offshore Technology - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

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