autumn 2020
MFA-8020 Advanced Maritime Operations - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

PhD students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway register for class and exam in Studentweb by 1 February for spring semester and 1 September for autumn semester.

Other applicants: Application deadline is 1 June for autumn semester and 1 December for spring semester. Application code 9301 in Søknadsweb.

Type of course

The course is available for students at the PhD Programme in Nautical Operations

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian Master degree in Nautical Science, Marine Technology, Maritime Operations of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

Course content


  • The ocean environment
  • Operational challenges with emphasis on Polar waters

Environmental loads

  • Kinematics and dynamics of ocean waves
  • Wave, current, wind and ice loads on vessels

Dynamic motions and maneuvering of vessels

Environmental criteria

  • Weather window
  • Weather forecasting

Advanced collision avoidance

Weather routing in the Arctic

  • Optimisation  criteria
  • Methods of solution

Recommended prerequisites

MFA-8010 Maritime HTO (Human-Technology-Organization)

Objectives of the course


The candidate shall:

  • have a thorough understanding of nautical operations with emphasis on how the environment is affecting the operations,
  • have a thorough understanding of the key environmental factors affecting the performance of nautical operations,
  • understand the hydrodynamics on a theoretical basis for operations in the surface zone,
  • be able to determine the operational window based on weather conditions,
  • have an overview of operational challenges,
  • have thorough knowledge of how nautical operations can be modelled and simulated.


The candidates shall be able to:

  • handle appropriate SW tools to perform static and dynamic analyses of nautical operations,
  • handle limitations in modelling and simulation of nautical operations,
  • formulate and evaluate solutions for planning of effective operations,
  • carry out research to acquire new and more advanced knowledge related to work tasks and operations within the marine field.


  • The candidate is able to work in multidisciplinary project teams of nautical operations.
  • The candidate can manage and lead multidisciplinary teams in research projects on nautical operations.
  • The candidate can contribute to debates regarding relevant nautical operations in international forums.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars. Individual guidance and supervision


The exam is comprised of

1) the submission of a project report with an oral presentation based on the students own topic of research that supplements his/her doctoral thesis, and

2) a final oral examination. 1) and 2) count 50% each in the grading.

A grade of A or B is required to pass

There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course. Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: MFA-8020