spring 2019

TEK-3010 Marine Operations in the Ocean Space - 10 ECTS

Last changed: 30.08.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Type of course

The course is technical and may not be taken as a singular course.

Course content


  • The ocean environment
  • Operational challenges in the ocean space and surface border
  • Engineering tools with emphasis on Orcaflex


Advanced marine hydrodynamics

  • Kinematics and dynamics of ocean waves
  • Natural frequencies, frequency of encounter, resonance
  • Wave-induced loads and motions
  • Strip theory
  • Response Amplitude Operators (RAOs)
  • Minimization of vessel motions


Environmental criteria

  • Weather window
  • Uncertainties in weather forecasting
  • Weather-routing systems



  • Principle of Dynamic Positioning
  • Catenary and mooring analysis


Modelling and simulation of case studies

  • Marine seismic operations
  • Cable operations
  • Anchor handling
  • Bow loading
  • ROV/UAV operations

Objectives of the course


The student have:

  • A knowledge of the basic principles of marine operations in the ocean space with emphasis on how the environment is affecting the operations.
  • A thorough understanding of the key environmental factors affecting the performance of marine operations in the ocean space,
  • A knowledge of the fundamental hydrodynamics on as a theoretical basis for operations in the surface zone,
  • A knowledge of the basic principles in determining the operational window based on weather conditions,
  • A knowledge of the principles in weather-routing systems and its applications, possibilities and limitations,
  • An overview of the principles and operational challenges of station-keeping,
  • A good knowledge of how marine operations can be modelled and simulated.


The students is:

  • Able to use appropriate SW tools to perform static and dynamic analysis of marine operations,
  • Able to understand limitations in modelling and simulation of marine operations,
  • Able to propose and evaluate solutions for planning of effective operations.


  • The student is able to work in project teams of Marine Operations. He/she has the foundation to acquire new and more advanced knowledge related to work tasks and operations within the marine field. The student is able to contribute in discussions regarding relevant marine operations.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, group-work, self-studies


5 hours written exam. Letter grading A - F.

75% of compulsory exercises must be approved.

Date for examination

Written examination 11.06.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.
Lectures Spring 2019
Forelesning prof. Egil Pedersen
Øving prof. Egil Pedersen