Offshore Engineering in the Arctic (OFF650)

Upon completing the course, the students will:

Have basic knowledge of environmental loads on offshore structures in the arctic. Have basic understandings of the mechanics of ice and material properties in arctic temperature conditions. Get updated information about oil and gas resources in the Arctic. Arctic law and logistics is part of this the course as well.

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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The course covers the design and operation of offshore structures and vessels for the development of resources in the Arctic

The following themes are included:

  • Sustainable development of resources in the Arctic
  • The Arctic and climate change
  • Design basis for constructions in the Arctic

    • Challenges related to the physical environment in the Arctic
    • Special challenges related to ice; types of ice and physical properties
  • Man meeting the cold climate
  • Design of vessels for the Arctic
  • Winterization of facilities
  • Materials for cold climate
  • Challenges in the development of oil and gas resources in the Arctic
  • Operations and logistics in the Arctic
  • Maintain strategy in the Arctic
  • Search and rescue in the Arctic
  • Arctic legislation

Learning outcome


  • Have basic knowledge of the effect of cold climate on structures and vessels
  • Have a basic understanding of the properties of ice and materials for use in cold climates
  • Get a background for assessing aspects related to the development of oil and gas resources in the Arctic
  • Have a basic knowledge of Arctic law and logistics


    • Skills in managing offshore constructions and vessels in the Arctic

General competence

    • Competence to understand processes taking place in the Arctic due to climate change
    • Competence developed through lectures and project work related to one relevant topic

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written exam and project

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 3/5 3 Hours Letter grades All written and printed means are allowed., Valid calculator,
Project 2/5 Letter grades

The students are required to submit a project report at the end of the semester in addition to the written exam. The students should pass both the written exam and the project report.

Coursework requirements

Three compulsary assignments
3 mandatory homework must be approved to be able to attend the written exam.

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Offshore Field Development 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 coordinator, the student 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 course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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