Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on MARITIME ECONOMY
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Second semester
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Course description

The ship is a complex system, rather it is the ensemble of complex systems that need to be reliable and perfectly integrated to reach the predetermined purpose that consists of developing a transportation device with various technical specifications and functionalities and very expensive. Besides, the ship management by the shipping company is also complex. Starting from the ship technical rules and the analysis of past accidents, the course aims to provide the basics to safety manage the ship and improve the onboard safety by means of new prevention techniques.




Analysis of some sea accidents: Herald of Free Enterprise; Exxon Valdez; Moby Prince..

The various design phases: concept design; feasibility design, preliminary design; basic design; proposal design; contract design; executive design.

The mission profile of a merchant ship and of a passenger ship (basics). The mission profile of a special ships. Basics about the mission profile of a naval ship. The main design phases of a merchant ship.

The ISM code: basic elements and applications. The Safety Management System (SMS). The Designed Personal Ashore (DPA). The Document of Compliance (DOC). Safety Management Certificate (SMC). ISM Code and safety management systems (SMS). Deming wheel: plan, do, check, act. Main criteria to detect the risk level. The safety policy. Assessment of the objectives. The safety management system in the marine and aeronautic sector. SMS procedures and audit.

International Maritime Organization technical rules of the shipping sector:
International organization for the safety of life at sea (IMO) – role and functions. International conventions for the safety of life at sea (SOLAS, MARPOL, COLREG, ILLC, STCW etc.). National rules for the safety of ship and navigations. Ship registers and monitoring. Design technical issues: ship compartment, freeboard, intact and damage stability. Analysis of some marine accidents; fire, grounding, damage, collision, rescuing, ship evacuation.

Techniques to prevent accidents at sea. Organization and management of the onboard safety and shipping companies. The role of the human error. The International Safety Management Code – ISM Code. Risk assessment. Systems to manage and reduce the risk. Safety management systems - SMS).

Teaching Methods

Frontal lessons, discussion of case studies, lecture of the main relevant national and international rules and guidelines


- International Maritime Organization (IMO): SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, COLREG, FB, IMS Conventions. Resolution and amendments. Registro Italiano Navale (RINA): technical rules and guidelines.
- Ministero delle infrastrutture e dei trasporti:
rule for the safety of navigation.
- The International Safety Management Code.
- Managing Ship Safety by Chengi Kuo ed. LLP London 1998.
- Lecture notes and notes from the lessons.

Learning assessment

Oral examination

More information


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