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SESS2017 Ship Design and Economics

Module Overview

A module in which students will learn the basis of ship design whilst considering the economic implications. In parallel the students will undertake the general arrangement of a given ship which will enhance their understanding of some design implications.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide an understanding of basic design methodologies, the components of the ship design process and an appreciation of economic considerations. • Give an appreciation of the importance of safety and environmental considerations within the ship design process. • Gain an understanding of the process of creating and purpose of a General Arrangement drawing (G.A).

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The basic tools and methodologies used in the ship design process.
  • The need to integrate statutory and regulatory requirements into the ship design process.
  • Practical application of knowledge to create a viable ship General Arrangement (G.A.).
  • Tools and methods used to create an economic and environmentally sound ship design.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Estimate suitable dimensions for a new ship design to meet specified design requirements
  • Apply design tools and synthesise information to assess economic and environmental viability of the design.
  • Interpret and apply statutory regulations and classification rules
  • Apply the methodology and tools used in the ship design process to synthesise a ship General Arrangement.
  • Undertake initial stability and capacity checks and estimate the balance of masses of a ship design.


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. 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: 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.

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

Resources & Reading list

T C Gillmer (1975). Modern Ship Design. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lloyds Rules and Regulations for classification of ships. 

Typed lecture notes and presentation slides.. 

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

RINA: Significant ships. 

International Labour Conference.. Maritime Labour Convention 2006



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-requisite module/s: FEEG1001 Design and Computing, SESS1015 Basic Naval Architecture Co-requisite module/s: SESS2016 Ship Structural Design and Production, SESS2019 Systems Design and Computing for ships

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