Maritime studies

Maritime studies address the art of navigation or the skill of managing and manoeuvring a ship. They are divided into two fields of study, nautical studies and marine engineering, that together encompass all activities related to the use and exploitation of the sea.


Maritime studies address the art of navigation or the skill of managing and manoeuvring a ship. They are divided into two fields of study, nautical studies and marine engineering, that together encompass all activities related to the exploitation of the sea.

Therefore, maritime studies represent a link between the activities associated with the use of the sea in the pursuit of economic interests or the exploitation of natural resources. The activities related to the sea as the mode of communication include maritime trade and shipbuilding, activities in sea and inland waterway ports, nautical tourism, the navy, the maintenance of port, channel and safety infrastructure, education institutions, public administration, etc.

Navigation concerns ship management, safety, and construction. This means that it is both the science, the skill, and the art of providing solutions to two core problems: how to at any time and at any place fix the geographical position and course of a vessel. 

Deck officers work on a variety of passenger and cargo ships, including tankers, service vessels, commercial yachts, etc. Masters have overall responsibility for the ship and all crew members. They determine the speed and course of the vessel, provide guidance to other crew members in charge of ship navigation and engine operation, communicate with other vessels, supervise cargo and/or passenger handling, etc. In an emergency event, they are the organisers of rescue operations.

Marine engineering is concerned with a variety of different ship propulsion systems, including the ship’s main engine, auxiliary engines, and all other systems that are needed for safe and reliable navigation at sea.

Marine engineers are in charge of the engineering watch on merchant navy ships. They perform both engine operation and maintenance tasks, and are in charge of the operation and maintenance of the whole ship: the mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems related to ship propulsion and auxiliary systems, cooling and auxiliary engines, waste management systems, systems for the prevention of marine pollution, etc.

Maritime Research

The success of our activities in the field of maritime research is corroborated by numerous publications, collaboration with other faculties and research institutions, and the transmission of research findings into the maritime industry through projects and expert reports. The following recent achievements deserve special mention:

  • Navigability study: replacement of berthing island fender “JET”, 2018
  • Maritime foundations for the anchoring of floating structures at berth 7C extension, 2018
  • Establishment of the VTS and MRCC of the Republic of Slovenia, 2018
  • Marine accident safety assessment, 2018
  • Navigability study: tanker berth “JET”, 2017
  • Determination of the optimal shape of new berth parameters and navigational safety conditions for L=230m and L=200m RoPax ferries in modernised Ystad port by real-time simulation methods according to Ystad vision 2030 project, 2017
  • Maritime foundations: placement of ‘existing’ buoy at VNT berth, 2017
  • Port and waterways safety assessment, 2017
  • Spill response simulator PISCES II: possibilities for developing exercises, 2017
  • Protection and rescue plan for the Port of Koper in industrial accidents, 2017
  • Safety assessment for the Port of Koper in industrial accidents: sea, 2017
  • Safety assessment for the Port of Koper in industrial accidents: coast, 2017
  • Study for the identification of gaps in data exchange in maritime surveillance and improvement of the compatibility among existing information systems aiming at integrated maritime surveillance, 2017
  • M/T Capodistria grounding: lessons for stakeholders, 2017
  • M/V Neptun Thelisis: mooring breakaway case, Port of Koper, 2017
  • Study of safety at liquid cargoes terminals, 2016
  • Navigability study “oil terminal", 2016
  • Professional and technical foundations for marking navigable waters of the Ljubljanica River in the City Municipality of Ljubljana, 2016
  • Safety, environmental protection, and productivity in the Port of Koper, 2016
  • Technical specifications for regular maintenance of navigational aids managed by the Slovenian Maritime Administration, 2015
  • Study of natural gas consumption in the Obalno-kraška region (Institute Jožef Stefan, working report no. 12173), 2016
  • Maritime foundations to the project documentation for the placement of an additional mooring buoy for Ro-Ro vessels at the VNT terminal in Basin III, 2015
  • Navigability regime assessment study: maritime foundations for the Ro-Ro berth in the northern section of Basin III, 2015
  • General and fire safety, and the prevention and health protection as a consequence of the electrification of a track section, 2015
  • High-resolution operational oil spill forecast systems for Aveiro Lagoon, Belfast Lough, Falmouth Harbour and Santander Bay, 2013
  • Protection and Rescue Plan for the Port of Koper in Industrial Accidents, 2013
  • Safety Assessment for the Port of Koper in Industrial Accidents: sea, 2013
  • Safety Assessment for the Port of Koper in Industrial Accidents: coast, 2013
  • Etc.