Advanced Ship Structural Design and Technology

Prof. : Prof. T. GRACZYK and Prof. Z. SEKULSKI

Code = EMSHIP S4-8 (Semester S4)

Workload: 30h lectures and 45h exercises

Number of credits: 5



The first objective is to give relevant knowledge on the structural design of specific ship types (bulk-carriers, containerships, chemical tankers, ro-ro, ropax, etc.). This lecture will be complementary to the lecture given by ULiège-ANAST during the first semester. The idea is now to go in the details of some specific ship types to take into account their design specificities (IMO conventions and class requirements, specific loads).

The second objective is to give advanced production methods for advanced ship structural design concepts including new materials and integrate them in the design procedure.


a) Advanced ship structural design

  • Main characteristics and design objectives of various ship types (passenger ships, bulk-carrier, containership, chemical tanker, liquified gas tanker, ro-ro, ropax, etc.),
  • Use of new materials in the construction of specific ship types (metallic and non metallic materials, sandwich and core structures),
  • Structural arrangement of these specific ship types,
  • Loads and strength of these specific ship types (sea load, cargo load, local and global strength),
  • Structural details of these specific ship types (bottom and side framing, shell and decks, bulkheads and deep tanks, fore and arrangements, aft and arrangements),
  • IMO conventions and classification societies rules requirements of these specific ship types.


b) Methods of production and technology of specific ship types

  • Technology of building of specific ship types,
  • Technology of building ships supporting offshore industry,
  • Technology of building offshore floating steel and concrete structures (rigs, caissons, pontoons, windmill towers) ,
  • Application and manufacturing technology using innovative sandwich structures to ship hull,
  • Non-conventional methods of ship launching,
  • Underwater technology - fabrication and application of manned and unmanned vehicles.


Recommended reading:

Chalmers D.W., Design of ships structures, Elsevier, London 1993; Lewis E.V. (Ed.), Principles of Naval Architecture, 1998;

Bai Y. (Ed.), Marine Structural Design, Elsevier;

Stokoe E.A., Ship Construction for Marine Students (Reed's Marine Engineering), Adland Coles Nautical, 2005.

Gerwick B.C.: Costruction of Marine and Offshore Structures, CRC Press LLC, NY, 2000.

Storch R.L., Hammon C.P., Bumch H.M., Moore R.C.: Ship Production, Cornell Maritime Press Maryland 1995.

Offshore Drilling& Production Concepts off the World, fifth edition, Oilfield Publications Limited, GB/USA, 2002/2003.

Technical journals: Offshore, Offshore Engineer, Ocean News and Technology, Ocean Systems, Sea Technology.



SHIP THEORY, EMSHIP S1-1 (Semester S1);




Form of exams:

Written exam (2 hour), oral (0.5 hour),