NAV3304 Military Loading, Unloading and Stowage at Operational and Management Levels

Course code: 
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Militær lasting, lossing og stuing på operativt og ledelsesnivå
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2023 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2023 Spring
Person in charge: 
Atle Johan Mølholm
Course content

The purpose of the course is to cover the Navy's requirements as well as satisfy the requirements of STCW 1978 with amendments within loading, unloading and stowage in the function loading, unloading and stowage at operational and management levels.

Rights to certification:

  • STCW code tables:   A-II/1, A-II/2 and B-I/12, item 71
  • STCW function:   Loading, unloading and stowage at the operational level and management levels
  • The course plan meets the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, STCW 1978 with amendments.
  • The course plan is based on IMO module courses 7.03 and 7.01


  • Monitor and plan for safe loading, stowage, securing and handling of cargo underway and during unloading.
  • The effect that a load, including heavy lifting, has on a ship's stability and seaworthiness.
  • Review of procedures to ensure that cargo spaces, hatches and ballast tanks operate according to requirements, and reporting the damages of these
  • Use of international regulations, codes and standards that deal with safe handling, securing and transport of cargo.
  • Trim and stability exercises in connection with loading
  • Use of EDB stability and load software
  • Stowage and securing of cargo on board ships with a focus on securing equipment
  • Use of the Code for Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code)
  • General knowledge of loading, transport and unloading with tankers
  • Knowledge of the operational use and limitations in the design of bulk vessels
  • Loading, handling and unloading of bulk cargo – BLU code and IGC code
  • Safe handling of cargo according to applicable regulations – IMDG, IMSBC and MARPOL 73/78, Annex III and V
  • Effective communication between ship and port
  • Monitor that reported incidents and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers and ballast tanks are taken care of and that incidents are followed up
Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • knowledge of the effect of cargo, including heavy lifting, on the ship's stability
  • knowledge of safe loading, unloading, stowage and securing of cargo, including solid bulk cargo and dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargo and its impact on the safety of ships and human life
  • knowledge of the effect of loading and unloading operations on trim and stability
  • knowledge of stowage and securing of cargo on board ships, including loading and unloading tools for securing and stowage.
  • knowledge of loading and unloading operations with special attention directed towards the transport of cargo identified in the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing
  • general knowledge of tankers and tanker operations
  • knowledge of bulk carrier construction and operating restrictions
  • knowledge of research and development work in the subject area
  • the ability to update his/her knowledge in the subject area
  • knowledge of the subject area's history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • skills in using all available data on board related to the loading and unloading of bulk cargo and caring for such cargo during the voyage
  • skill in applying relevant international rules, codes and norms regarding safe loading, unloading, stowage, securing and transport of cargo
  • skill in establishing and maintaining effective communication during loading and unloading both on board his/her vessel and between his/her vessel and land side
  • skill in establishing procedures for safe handling of cargo in accordance with relevant documents such as IMDG, IMSBC code, BLU code and Grain code
  • skill in using computer-based load handling programmes
  • the ability to reflect on his/her own professional practice and adjust this under supervision
  • the ability to find, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter and present this so that it sheds light on a problem
  • the ability to master relevant professional tools and forms of expression within the loading and unloading process

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet will:

  • be able to plan and ensure the safe loading, stowage, securing and caring for cargo during a voyage as well as while unloading the cargo.
  • monitor loading, stowage, securing and unloading of cargo and caring for cargo during the voyage.
  • be able to inspect and report faults and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers and ballast tanks, assess these and take appropriate measures
  • be able to transport dangerous cargo
  • be able to share key subject matter such as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally as well as through other forms of expression
  • be able to exchange views and experiences with others within loading and unloading and through this contribute to the development of good practice
  • be aware of new thinking and innovative processes
Working and learning activities


The course follows the lecture (F) and practical experience (Ø) classes on the schedule during teaching weeks on the academic calender for SKSK (UV weeks). The course runs 15 weeks, with six F and Ø classes per week. The classes should be carried out in two 3-hour sessions. The teaching plan shows the course’s progression in the form of a weekly overview and course topics week by week.

Working methods

  • Classroom instruction: Theory review, review of assignments, cadets complete selected exercises
  • Simulator/data lab: training with computer-based loading programme
  • Tutorial classes: Cadets turn in assignments and receive guidance
  • Independent study: Working with theory, doing exercises and turning in assignments
Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

  • Inge Tellnes: Lasteberegninger og behandling av last.
  • Robert Chr Johnsen: Lasteteknikk
  • S Kaasa etc: Teknisk formelsamling m / tabeller (siste utgave)
  • W.Wilhelmsen: Utdrag av: ASTM.D 1258-80 Tanktabeller for oljelast
  • Diverse dokumentasjon vedrørende øvingsskip
  • Støttelitteratur: Kompendium om transport av olje
  • Biblioteket: Diverse regelverk / oppslagsbøker som dekker faget.
  • (Skipskontrollens regler, SOLAS 74, MARPOL 73/78, etc)
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
Skriftlig eksamenIndividual5HoursA-F 100%Not required
PraksisIndividual1SemestersPass / fail Not required
Form of assessment:Skriftlig eksamen
Type of duration:Hours
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion: 100%
Oral examination:Not required
Supported materials:
Form of assessment:Praksis
Type of duration:Semesters
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Oral examination:Not required
Supported materials:
Approval signature: 
Henning Sulen