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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0030 Maritime Design

MECH0030 Maritime Design

FHEQ Level:
6 (Undergraduate Yr 3)
Term 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
MECH0019 Ocean Engineering Fundamentals; CEGE0023 Offshore and Coastal Engineering

Taught By

Professor Giles Thomas (Module Coordinator):
Giles Thomas
Dr Rachel Pawling:
Rachel Jean Pawling
Ms Ema Muk-Pavic:
Ema Muk-Pavic

Module Overview

This module provides a systematic understanding, and the ability to deploy accurately, established naval architectural and ocean engineering analyses for the design of ocean vehicles and structures, which are informed by the forefront of the maritime engineering field.

The module develops design skills to enable students to solve design problems for a marine vessel (such as a ferry, cargo ship, superyacht or naval platform) or structure (such as an oil and gas platform or marine renewable energy facility) design. This includes commercial, regulatory and environmental aspects. Students also gain an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge within the marine design space.

This module is the third of three of three for the Ocean Engineering Minor:

  • Module 1 (Y2) – Ocean Engineering Fundamentals
  • Module 2 (Y3) – Offshore & Coastal Engineering
  • Module 3 (Y3) – Maritime Design

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to maritime design
  • Weight, space and margins
  • Container ships
  • Stability and safety
  • OPV design drivers
  • Hull form design
  • Machinery and emissions reduction
  • Technical drawing and report writing
  • Advanced marine vehicles
  • Design for production

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computer models relevant to maritime engineering and apply them for solving problems in maritime engineering design. In addition students should be able to assess their limitations when applied in particular cases.
  • Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, regulations, safety and risk assessment issues. Understand customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics.
  • Generate an innovative design for a vessel or offshore structure design compliant with practical operational and performance requirements and appropriate codes and regulations.
  • Manage the design process, present [through written report, drawings and viva (oral presentation followed by Q&A)] and evaluate outcomes.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops


This module is assessed entirely through coursework exercises.

For more information about assessment please contact

Ocean Engineering Minor: Integrated Engineering Programme

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