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Ships Structure Fundamentals

Course information

Target group:

Who the course is for: The course Ship's Structure Fundamentals is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the ship's structural arrangements, the loads acting on the ship's structure and the strength of the ship's structure to sustain such loads. This may include: Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; Naval Architects; Marine Engineers; Etc.



This training course describes the various elements of the ship's structure, the loads acting on the structure and the required strength of the ship's structure to sustain such loads.


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

Know the typical structural arrangements of different ship types. Understand stiffened panels as the fundamental structural units in ship structures and know the different framing systems used in ship construction

Know the different types of loads acting on the ship's structure and understand the static sea pressure and the wave induced dynamic sea pressure. Understand the concept of net loading on the ship's structure, shear forces and bending moments. Get familiar with fatigue loads

Understand the stresses on ship's structure including longitudinal stresses on hull girder, stresses on primary supporting structure and local stresses and the strength of the ships structure. Get familiar with fatigue strength and understand the corrosion and the net scantling approach.


Module 1 – Elements of Ship Structure

Main ship types

Materials used in shipbuilding

Structural elements: Plating, profiles, stiffened panels, midship section, web frame

Framing systems: Longitudinal framing, mixed framing, transverse framing

Breakdown of ship structures: Double bottom, side shell, deck, bulkheads, engine room structure, peak tanks

Module 2 – Loads on Ship Structure

Classification of loads acting on ship structure

Static and dynamic loads

Sea pressure

Internal loads

Net load on structure

Bending moment and shear force

Alternate loading condition

Module 3 – Strength of Ship Structure

Ship structural strength

Stress classification

Spreading of loads through the ships structure

Hull girder strength

Strength of primary structure

Finite element modelling analysis

Strength of plates and stiffeners: Stress check, section modulus, buckling strength

Fatigue strength

Corrosion of ship's structure, consequences of general corrosion

Net scantling approach


On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded:

A Certificate of Ship's Structure Fundamentals, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Ship's Structure Fundamentals is obtained after completing the course and passing the online test.


Do you want more information about the course, or do you want to order?

Contact us at Tel: +47 24 15 55 55 , or send us an e-mail.

E-mail : support@trainingportal.no