Department of Marine
The Department of Marine Engineering was established in 1974 in the School of Engineering of the then College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. When the Rivers State University of Science and Technology was established in 1980, it inherited the assets and liabilities of the College and the Department commenced a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programme in Marine Engineering. It became the first and only University then in Nigeria with a Department that runs Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree levels. The B.Tech programme is designed to produce Marine Engineers and Naval Architects for the Shipbuilding/Repair Industries, Shipping, Oil and Gas Industries; Fishing Companies; Classification Societies; Navy, etc. Students acquire sound and extensive knowledge in the theory and practice of ship design and construction, ship power plants and equipment design, and repair, maintenance and management of ship power plants, auxiliary machines and ship hull, as well as shipboard management.
Until 1986, most of the very senior academic staff of the Department were recruited from Poland based on a bilateral agreement between this University and the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland. The then Rector of the Gdansk Technical University - Late Professor J. Stalinski was the first Polish staff and Head of the Department in the Faculty of Engineering of the University. He contributed immensely to the development of the Department and was responsible for planning and equipping of the laboratories to an international standard.
In 1984 and 2004 the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN), the body set up by Decree No. 5 of 1970 to control the practices of the engineering profession in Nigeria visited the Department followed by National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1995 and 2000 and gave full accreditation to the Bachelor’s degree programme in Marine Engineering. In 2005, Marine Engineering was the only Department in the Faculty of Engineering that was given full accreditation by NUC. Currently the programme is fully accredited.
The Department has well equipped laboratories for the specialized courses in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. It has close association with Nigeria’s shipbuilding and offshore structures construction / repair yard - the Nigerdock Nigeria PLC, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping – EMEA and the Institute of Marine Engineers, Science and Technology, London. The Department has effectively maintained the requirements needed for the award of a very good degree in Marine Engineering to achieve the realization of our national needs and the aspiration of a developing nation for the maritime industry.
Presently, the Department runs programmes that lead to the award of B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD degrees and PGD Certificates in Marine Engineering. The undergraduate programme is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and then deepen the students’ grasp of Marine Engineering. It also introduces them to the techniques and tools of research; develops in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Marine Engineering and related disciplines.
Marine Engineering is the art of application of scientific principles to the design, production, planning, operation, maintenance and management of engineering systems and equipment, which work in marine environment, such as ships, and the variety of offshore structures. The Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree programme is therefore designed to impact sound knowledge to students on the related principles. The courses in the first two years of this five-year programme are common to most of the departments in the Faculty of Engineering and are devoted to presenting basic scientific principles and their fundamental relationships with engineering concepts. Lectures, tutorials and laboratory work are rooted in a broad-based, strong scientific background to enable the students acquire the necessary analytical skills for understanding and resolution of engineering problems. Courses in the third year are tailored to provide a seamless transition to the more specialized courses in the fourth and fifth (final) years of the programme. Thus the third year courses include courses from the Departments of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in addition to some Marine Engineering courses. In the last two years, the emphasis is on the teaching of specialized courses in Marine Engineering which are divided into the following two options:
- Ship Power Plants
- Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding
These core courses relate to the overall concept of Ship Power Plants’ design, installation and maintenance; Naval Architecture, Shipbuilding, Marine operations, and Management. Furthermore, an in-Departmenth study of some aspects of Marine Engineering in the form of a project, which can either be a design and/or experimental work, pure Research work or Case study, is undertaken by each student in the fifth year.
Industrial and Sea-Training of the undergraduate is an important aspect of the programme. Therefore, three periods of a total of 12 months of Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) which includes sea-training, is provided to develop professional skills and adaptability to industrial and sea life.
- To expose students for a long-term rewarding career by paying greater attention to the development of scientific principle and social awareness during the course programme.
- To give a balanced training in Marine Technology, Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding Principles suitable for developing country.
- On successful completion of the programme, the graduate of ship power plant option should be able to:
- Apply Marine Engineering principles that would reflect the requirements of shipping and oil companies;
- Prepare and read technical drawing, design, manufacture and assemble engineering components;
- Solve engineering problems by analysis and empirical methods;
- Run, maintain and repair ship power plants and equipment necessary for the propulsion and safety of the ship’s hull, and the care, comfort and safety of passengers and crews;
- Design reliable and economic marine power plants and the control systems;
- Perform management functions at all levels; and
- Carry out ship power plant survey for classification societies and consultancy work;
- Apply Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding principles that would reflect the requirements of ship and boat building industries;
- Prepare and read technical drawing;
- Design, build or assemble ships and boats;
- Solve engineering problems related to ship-building by analysis and empirical methods;
- Repair and maintain ships’ structures and equipment;
- Perform management functions at all levels; and
- Carry out ship’s hull and equipment survey for classification societies and other consultancy work.
UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Admissions into the B. Tech (Marine Engineering) programme are through the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB). Candidates are required to satisfy both the University and the Departmental/Faculty requirements. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
- Admission through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) School Certificate GCE ‘0’ level with credit passes in 5 appropriate subjects including English Language obtained in not more than 2 sittings and passed post UTME at a prescribed level. (Such candidates shall be admitted into year I of the degree programmes)
- Admission by Direct Entry
- HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in two (2) relevant subjects plus SC/GCE ‘O’ Level Credit passes (including English Language) in three (3) other subjects at not more than two (2) sittings;
- HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in three (3) relevant subjects plus SC/GCE ‘0’ Level Credit passes (including English Language in two (2) other subjects at not more than two (2) sittings;
- Holders of OND/ND, U.D. (RSUST) Certificates with upper credit are eligible for admission to Year II of the relevant degree programme, provided that such candidates also satisfy the requirements for admission through UTME
DEPARTMENT/FACULTY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAMME
- Admission through UTME SC/GCE ‘0’ Level credit passes in five (5) subjects including English language, Physics, Chemistry and either Mathematics or Addition Mathematics.
- Admission by Direct Entry
- Admission to Year II
- At least two (2) ‘A’ level passes at GCE or its equivalent including physics and mathematics. Candidates must also have three (3) Credit Level passes at SC/GCE ‘0’ Level including English Language and Chemistry.
- Holders of OND/ND, U.D. (RSUST) certificates with upper credit in the relevant discipline, provided that such candidates also satisfy the requirements for admission through UTME
- Bachelors degree in Science/Technology
- Admission to Year III
- HND in the relevant discipline provided that such candidates also satisfy the requirements for admission through UTME.
- Special Consideration
- In exceptional cases, a pass in English Language may be accepted.
The Minimum duration of the B. Tech. programme in Marine Engineering is five years (i.e. 10 Semesters) comprising both classroom lecture and supervised industrial work experience scheme (SIWES) period. Nine semesters of course work is spent in the University made up of two semesters in each of years I, II, III and V and the first semester of year IV. The long vacation periods of 3 months at the end of each of year LI and III are spent in shore-based establishments. A 6 months sea-training period from the end of the first semester of year IV is spent on board sea-going or coastal vessels owned by shipping, fishing, oil production and oil servicing companies, oil production rigs, FPSO and platforms.
Academic Staffs of Marine Department
Rank:Head of Department
Rank: Lecturer II
Non-Academic Staffs of Marine Department
Rank: Non Academic Staff
Laboratory Staffs of Marine Department