1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 4-hour workshop weekly
Topic description
Marine Sciences - a) Meteorology: regional weather systems and seasonal variations. Global pressure, air mass movement and circulation patterns. Prediction of local weather. Storms and tropical cyclones. b) Physical Oceanography: ocean structure, physical and chemical properties. Global ocean circulations, tides, waves, winds and currents. Marine resources - mineral, biological and energy. c) Marine Geology: geomorphology of the ocean floors, margins and shelves. Sedimentation and origins of hydrocarbons and minerals in the oceans. Formation and classification of coastal regions

Ocean Renewable Energy - Renewable energy systems - wave power, wind power, thermal power and tidal power.

Marine Transportation - Environmental forces and voyage planning. Introduction to work vessels and offshore structures. Structures - loading, stability and ballast control. Load-out and sea-transport of modules. Loads during transit and sea-fastening design. Operational codes and practices.

Construction and Installation - Installation of fixed, floating and subsea structures. Lifting operations and mooring systems. Diving and ROV operations. Maintenance and repair of offshore installations. Removal and salvage of offshore production facilities. Risk assessment and management on offshore operations and on structures.
Educational aims
The aim of this unit is to provide students with general skills and knowledge on the range of engineering operational activities in the offshore sector. The scope of the unit encompasses the essential theories of marine science and basic knowledge to plan and manage marine operations, including offshore installation, inspection and maintenance.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of marine geology, physical oceanography and marine meteorology and its applications to a range of offshore technical problems
  2. Describe the equipment, technology and methods that are fundamental to common offshore engineering activities
  3. Apply scientific knowledge to solve a range of engineering problems
  4. Understand the differences between designing and building offshore structures from terrestrial structures