SCS5 – Ship Construction and Stability 5

Ship Construction and Stability 5

This is the most advanced stability exam for mariners conducted by Transport Canada. It is three hours in duration and consists of multiple choice questions as well as calculations. A strong understanding of stability is already assumed when taking this exam as it is for Near Coastal and Master Mariners. Building on knowledge from SCS 4, this exam includes damaged and dynamic stability calculations, it is therefore important to choose study material that covers these advanced topics. Construction wise, you’ll need to have an understanding of material properties and strength as well as ship design conventions. An awareness of international laws relating to ship design and stability is also required.

For a complete list of required knowledge, please refer to the Syllabus (page 83, section 5.13)


Recommended reading:

Ship Stability for Masters and Mates by C.B Barrass and D. R. Derrett

This is the most comprehensive and complete text for the stability portion of this exam. It refreshes your understanding of transvers and longitudinal stability but also contains the stability calculations and explanations for SCS 5 (inclining experiment, draft survey, weather effects etc.). This publication explains the advanced concepts well and includes helpful diagrams.

Ship Stability Mates/Masters This book is highly recommended by the majority of those asked. It includes many diagrams that help to explain the ideas. This book also includes practice questions in the back so you can work on your calculations. This would be a good resource for somebody who already has a solid foundation in stability, and is ready for an in-depth approach.

Ship Construction Published by Butterworth and Heineman (same as Ship Stability for Masters and Mates). This is a good, solid book on ship construction; it has a decent amount of diagrams, and they are useful. This is a comprehensive book which covers most of the ship construction knowledge needed for the exam. This text would be good study material to use in conjunction the texts above that focus exclusively on stability.

Ship Stability, Powering and Resistance.

This is the 13th volume of Reed’s marine engineering and technology series. It covers all the advanced topics of ship stability needed for SCS5 as well as structural and efficiency problems. It contains practice questions at the end of each chapter.

Introduction to Naval Architecture by Eric C. Tupper

This publication covers topics related to both construction and stability. It contains easy to follow diagrams and descriptions and covers some topics better than other texts. It is a good book to read to gain an understanding of basic naval architectural principals and supplements the shortcomings of the other texts.

Other resources:

International Convention on Load Lines

Safety of Life at Sea SOLAS

IMO Grain Regulations

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