Courses & Units

Advanced Ship Stability JND318



Controlling and managing the stability of the vessel when at sea and in port to ensure the safety of the vessel, its cargo and crew is a prime domain of responsibility of the ship's officer. This unit focuses on the conceptual knowledge and practical application of ship stability on commercial vessels.

A student completing this unit will be able to apply various stability concepts addressing aspects in statical and dynamical stability, ensuring that regulatory recommendations are met and that the vessel maintains its stability under all conditions of its operation. It is further designed to blend the theoretical concepts with real life experience; using typical shipboard stability applications. The unit will build up on the knowledge attained in Ship Stability & Seaworthiness unit of the Watchkeeper study and is a core unit of the final year. This unit meet the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency set out by the current Maritime Training Package, the STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments) and Table A-II/2 of the STCW code.


Unit name Advanced Ship Stability
Unit code JND318
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Captain Darrel Silva
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hunter Maritime College Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and apply concepts of geometric parameters associated with ship’s hydro-static data
  • Assess vessel’s draft and stability during cargo operations, dry-docking and damaged conditions.
  • Analyze the factors influencing the dynamical stability of the vessel and their effect on trim and stability
  • Interpret and evaluate compliance with relevant national and international regulations
  • Demonstrate the ability to compute transverse and longitudinal stability of the vessel using real life shipboard instruments and correlate the outcomes against manual calculation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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Assessment3 Quizzes covering Sections 1- 3 of the content (5%)|Term Test covering Sec 1- 3 of contents (20%)|Final Examination (75%)|Use of ship's Loadicator
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  1. All essential learning material will be provided through MyLO 
  2. Extracts from M.V. Sample’s trim and hydrostatic particulars. (will be provided through MyLO)
  3. Extracts from M.V. AMC Container’s trim and hydrostatic particulars. (will be provided through MyLO)


Derrett, D, & Barrass, C 2006, Ship Stability for Masters And Mates. [Electronic Resource], n.p.: Burlington, Mass.: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.,

Kemp, J, Young, P, & Barrass, C 2001, Ship Stability Notes & Examples, n.p.: Oxford; Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001 Subramaniam, H 1986, Ship Stability, n.p.: Bombay: Vijaya, 1986, Book II and III


Regs4ships – this is an updated, searchable, maritime regulation database that combines Flag State compliance documentation with IMO, ILO & EU legislation to provide an overall regulatory solution. Accessible through the following link in the UTAS Library


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