spring 2021
TEK-3010 Marine Operations in the Ocean Space - 10 ECTS

Last changed 22.06.2021

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...

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


The student...

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


The student...

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

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, group-work, self-studies


5 hours written exam (100 %). Letter grading A - E, F - fail.

75 % of compulsory exercises must be approved.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: TEK-3010