Ship Construction & Basic Stability
Course 203

Satisfy your Stability & Ship Construction training requirement and get some of the necessary stability & ship's construction assessments completed along the way! Learn the basics of ship stability and essential theoretical concepts used by mariners to maintain positive stability. This course also provides the basics of ship's construction and stresses a ship can encounter while loading, discharging, and at sea. Contact the Student Services Office for availability.

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Course Description

Ship Construction & Basic Stability - OICNW - Course #203
This 5 day course provides candidates with an understanding of the Theory and Calculations for Stability and Ships Construction for the OICNW.

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Ship Construction & Basic Stability
(MARTPT-449) course will satisfy:

  • The stability and ship construction training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xii) for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (OICNW) on vessels of 500 GT (ITC) or more (Operational Level); AND
  • The stability and ship construction standards of competence required by 46 CFR11.309(a)(3) and 11.319(a)(3); STCW Code Section A-II/1 and Table A-II/1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from:
  • NVIC 12-14(Ch-5) Tasks 10.1, 11.3, 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, and 13.4; AND
  • NVIC 02-18(Ch-3) Tasks 10.1.A, 11.3.A, 13.1.A, 13.2.A, 13.3.A, and 13.4.A; AND
  • The stability and ship construction standards of competence required by 46 CFR11.317(a)(2) and 11.321(a)(2); STCW Code Section A-II/3 and Table A-II/3, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 13-14(Ch-4) Tasks 8.1.A; 8.2.A; 8.3.A; and 8.4.A.

Applicants who have successfully completed your course need not present completed “Task
Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

Approved Assessments 

NVIC 12-14 (Ch-1) and NVIC 02-18 Tasks completed in class include: 

10.1 – Effect of Cargo on Seaworthiness

11.3 – Ship Structure

13.1 – Stability, Trim & Stress Tables and Diagrams

13.2 – Partial Loss of Intact Buoyancy

13.3 – Fundamentals of Watertight Integrity

13.4 – Ship Structure


NVIC 13-14 Tasks completed in class include:

8.1.A - Determine stability data

8.2.A - Partial Loss of Intact Buoyancy

8.3.A - Watertight integrity

8.4.A - Vessel construction


Stability Subjects Include:

  • Displacement
  • Buoyancy
  • Fresh Water Allowance
  • Statical Stability
  • Initial Stability
  • Statical Stability Curves
  • Movement of Center of Gravity
  • List and Correction 
  • Slack Tanks and Free Surface Effects
  • Trim
  • Partial Loss of Intact Buoyancy Calculations

Construction Subjects Include:

  • Ship Dimensions & Form
  • Ship Stresses
  • Hull Structure
  • Bow & Stern
  • Fittings
  • Rudders & Propellers
  • Load Lines & Draft Mark Calculations


5 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Required Materials

PASSPORT for Photo ID, Paper, Pencil, Pen, Highlighter, plotting equipment (triangle, parallel ruler, dividers, etc.), Scientific Calculator, Stability Data Reference Book



Dan is an excellent instructor and I always feel lucky to have him for a class. He can make a difficult subject like Stability fun and has many unique teaching methods to teach one example to ensure learning occurs.
Matthew, Saturday June 2019
Ship Construction & Basic Stability
Dan Dale is a great instructor. Front desk of MPT should win an award! Great staff who walk you through everything you need for school or USCG applications
Zachary, Friday June 2019
Ship Construction & Basic Stability
Although I do have a lot of experience and back ground I always come away from courses at MPT with greater knowledge and understanding of my field. MPT, the staff and instructors are all top shelf in my book.
David, Saturday August 2013
Ship Construction & Basic Stability