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Certificate in Naval Architecture

Clear, concise and comprehensive introduction to naval architecture - training course by tutored distance learning

Starts 12 Oct 2017

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Introduction to Naval Architecture

When you have completed this chapter you will have a broad understanding of:

  • What naval architecture involves
  • How it developed
  • The roles of the naval architect
  • The approach adopted for this course


  • Defining naval architecture
    • History and development
    • Principal areas of knowledge
    • The role of the naval architect
    • Relationship to other engineering disciplines
  • Some basic tools
    • Definitions, nomenclature and notation
    • Units
    • Approximate integration
    • Simple calculations
    • Use of spreadsheets
  • Worked examples


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On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Prepare the ship’s loading and sailing condition, using the ship’s Hydrostatic Curves
  • Derive the ship’s stability for the sailing condition, using the ship’s Cross Curves of Stability
  • Assess the ship’s Statical Stability Curve against the regulatory standards
  • Explain how damage stability is calculated using the current IMO Probabilistic Approach


  • Displacement, flotation and equilibrium
  • Bonjean curves
  • Hydrostatic curves
  • Draught determination
    • Changes of draught
  • Intact stability
    • Small angle
    • Large angle
    • Free surfaces and suspended weights
    • Inclining experiment
  • Damage stability
  • Launching and docking of ships
  • Worked examples


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The Marine Environment

Provides a broad knowledge of:

  • The sea on which the ship operates
  • Winds that act on the ship and that create waves on the sea surface
  • Waves and how they are classified and determined for design and operation
  • Types of ice and how they develop
  • The important aspects of ship operation in ice  and cold environments
  • The need to protect the marine environment
  • IMO regulations through MARPOL
  • The ship energy efficiency index and hip design implications
  • Protection of the ship in the marine environment
  • Wind, water and air
  • Waves: general nature and characteristics
  • Defining an irregular sea
    • Energy spectra
  • Extreme cold
    • Ice formation and properties
    • Ice navigation conditions
    • Operating in extreme cold
  • Protection of the environment
    • Impact of ships on the environment
    • Designing to minimise impact and risks


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Operating in the Marine Environment

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Name the components of resistance experienced by a ship and explain how full scale resistance maybe calculated from model experiments
  • Describe the various types of manoeuvring devices and measure the manoeuvring capabilities of a ship
  • Define the motions of a ship in a seaway and predict the magnitude of these motions
  • Give examples of ship’s operation in confined waters  and various hazards that ships may experience in waves


  • Hydrodynamics, water flow and roughness
  • Powering
    • Resistance: frictional, wavemaking and other
    • Propulsion: powering, propulsion devices, cavitation
  • Manoeuvring
    • Standard manoeuvres including turning
    • Directional stability
    • Steering devices
    • Ship handling
  • Ship motions
  • Ship operations
    • Navigation
    • Shallow water
    • In ice
    • Transiting canals
  • Model experiments and full-scale trials
  • Piracy and terrorism


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Durability in the Marine Environment

When you have completed this chapter you will have a broad understanding of:

  • The importance of a reliably safe structure
  • The calculations carried out to ensure an adequate ship strength both vertically and horizontally
  • The use of different materials
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Tensile, buckling and fatigue strengths
  • Protection against ice, fire and corrosion
  • The use of materials other than steel in ships’ structures
  • Hull structures
    • Goals
    • Strength
    • Loads
    • Failure modes
  • Materials
    • Steel
    • Aluminium
    • Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP)
  • Construction
    • Quality criteria
    • Welding and bonding technologies
    • Models, CAD/CAM systems
  • Structural responses to motions
  • Vibration
  • Service experience feedback


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Regulatory Frameworks and Ship Maintenance

When you have completed this chapter you will have a broad understanding of the IMO’s:

  • History
  • Component parts – Assembly, Council and Committees
  • Conventions – how they originate, are adopted and come into force
  • General contribution to ship safety


  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • International Labour Regulations
  • Statutory regulations
  • Flag States
  • Port State Control
  • Classification Societies
  • Standards
    • International
    • National
  • Protection of the environment
  • Safety
    • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
    • International Convention of Load Lines (ICLL)
  • Outline of ship construction and maintenance


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Fundamentals of Ship Design

Provides broad knowledge of:

  • The three main stages in the design of a ship and factors considered at each stage
  • Importance of getting the design right in the early stages
  • Processes adopted during the different ship design stages
  • Importance of a methodical approach to design and interactive nature of the design process
  • Use of computers in design
  • Development of ship hull forms and factors consider
  • Factors that govern the layout of a ship ,how space is allocated and how access is arranged
  • Importance of human factors to the safe and efficient operation of a ship and suitable internal environment
  • Types of ships, merchant and naval
  • Design stages
    • Preliminary
    • Contract
    • Detail
  • The design process
    • Interaction with owners/operators
    • Design development e.g. the design spiral
  • Hull form
  • General arrangements
    • Cargo (freight and passengers)
    • Layout and access
    • Allocation of spaces
  • The internal ship environment
    • Human factors
    • Temperature, noise, vibration etc.
  • Different ship types, special service craft and warships

"This is a unique course from Lloyd's Maritime Academy teaching students the necessary details about Naval Architecture. It has a good approach and the modules are well written."

R. Ray,

Kreuz Subsea