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SESS2017 Ship Design and Economics

Module Overview

A module in which the students will learn the basis of ship design whilst considering the economic, environmental and safety implications. To support the understanding two assignments will be set; an economic evaluation and GA study.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to: Provide an understanding of basic ship design methodology, the components of the ship design process and an appreciation of economic, safety and environmental considerations

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of ships as part of a wider system and the breadth of systems within a ship. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: EA4, P1, P8).
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the basic tools and methodologies used in the ship design process. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: SM1, SM2)
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the historical background and the current requirement to integrate statutory and regulatory requirements into the ship design process. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: (SM1, EL1, EL5, P5, P6)
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the tools and methods used to assess the economic and environmental impact of a ship design. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: EL2, EL4, D2)
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of basic risk analysis techniques (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: SM3, EL6, SM2)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Become a competent user of several CAD packages (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: G1)
  • Developed your skills in presenting information appropriately and succinctly (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: G1)
  • Become familiar with accessing and applying technical information gleaned from a variety of sources (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: P4, G1)
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Estimate suitable dimensions for a new ship design to meet specified design requirements. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: EA1, EA3, P8)
  • Apply design tools and synthesise information to assess economic and environmental viability of the design. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: D1, D5, EL2, G1)
  • Interpret and apply statutory regulations and classification rules (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: EL5, P6)
  • Apply the methodology and tools used in the ship design process to create a viable General Arrangement (GA). (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: EA3, D1, D2, D3, G1, G3, P8)
  • Undertake initial stability and capacity checks and estimate the balance of masses of a ship design. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: EA1, EA3)
  • Access and comprehend technical literature on ship systems and equipment. (Meets EAB accreditation LOs: P2, P4)


Lectures: 24 lectures on Ship Design and Economics. To include: • Introduction to ship design and operation. • Safety considerations in ship design. • Technical ship design. • Economic and environmental assessment of design solutions. • Safety analysis techniques. Coursework: 22 contact hours. Assignment (1) General Arrangement Study • Complete a General Arrangement (G.A.) of a ship where you subdivide and layout a ship ensuring a space balanced design which meets statutory and regulatory requirements. Assignment (2): Techno-economic assignment • Use of ship design software to carry out various investigations illustrating technical design and economic aspects, together with simple optimisation studies.

Special Features

Module is supported (if possible) by a visit to a ship.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures supported by example sheets. • Supervised design office sessions Learning activities include • Individual work on ship calculations/examples. • Accessing and reading statutory and regulatory regulations. • Individual work on using ship design software to carry out techno-economic calculations. • Use of drafting software. • Development of skills in sharing information appropriately and succinctly. • Directed reading/independent learning.

Wider reading or practice12
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Completion of assessment task29
External visits3
Practical classes and workshops22
Follow-up work18
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

T C Gillmer (1975). Modern Ship Design. 

Statutory Regulations. MARPOL, SOLAS, FSS Code, Load Lines and Tonnage Measurement of Ships

RINA: Significant ships. 

Lloyds Rules and Regulations for classification of ships. 

Various publications of manufacturers. such as engines, deck cranes, deck and mooring machinery and life lifeboats.

K.J. Rawson and E.C. Tupper (1994). Basic Ship Theory.. 

A F Molland (2008). Maritime Engineering Reference Book. 

D.G.M. Watson (1998). Practical Ship Design. 

International Labour Conference.. Maritime Labour Convention 2006

Apostolos Papanikolau (2014). Ship Design: Methodologies of Preliminary design. 

Various papers in the Transactions of RINA, NECIES and SNAME. 

H. Schneekluth (1998). Ship Design for Efficiency and Economy. 

S Erichsen (1989). Management of Marine Design.. 

Typed lecture notes and presentation slides.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 10%
Coursework 30%
Examination  (120 minutes) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 10%
Coursework 30%
Examination  (120 minutes) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 10%
Coursework 30%
Examination  (120 minutes) 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: SESS1015 and FEEG1001


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

SESS2016Ship Structural Design and Production
SESS2019Systems Design and Computing for Ships
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