Unit: Applied Marine Meteorology
Code: HR0J 35
Learning Outcome(s): 3 – Analyse surface oceanographic processes and data.
4 – Evaluate the effect of meteorological and climatological
processes on passage planning.
Total Marks: 100
Pass Mark: 50%
Candidates should note that 100 marks are allocated to this assignment. In order to pass
candidates must achieve 50% of the total marks available for each outcome (LO3: Questions
2, 4, 7; LO4: Questions: 1, 3, 5, 6). Assignments submitted for assessment are to be Word
processed and must be submitted to Turnitin via Teams no later than the closing time on
the given date.
Your vessel MV Navigator is due to undertake a voyage from Strait of Belle Isle, Canada
(51°30’N 56°30’W) to Cork, Ireland (51°53’N 8°28’W) via Fastnet Rock (51°18’N 9°36’W).
Name MV Navigator
Type of vessel Container Ship
Summer Displacement 50,000 t
Speed 15 knots
Distance via Bishop Rock 1710’
Departure date/Time TBC
Arrival date/Time TBC
Obtain a series of charts for EACH day of the voyage:
a) Synoptic Surface analysis
Upper air 500 mb
Sig wave height
b) Sea Ice Analysis / Iceberg
c) Ocean currents
Student may include another relevant meteorological charts in their assignment.
1. a) For the voyage, obtain the series of charts. (10)
b) For Day 1 (24 hrs after departure), Day 3 and Day 4 of the voyage: Plot the
vessels approximate position on the surface analysis chart and provide a
weather forecast for the days stated above. (20)
 2. a) Describe the ocean currents the vessel may encounter on the voyage. (6)
b) Explain how these currents in Q2 a) develop (6)
c) Describe the various ways in which ocean current data can be presented. (10)
 3. a) When deciding upon a route, describe the meteorological factors the Master
must consider for this voyage. (10)
b) State which route a prudent Master would take, explaining why. (10)
 4. With the aid of an annotated chart describe the movement of an iceberg around
Greenland.  5. With the aid of a nomogram, estimate the rate of ice accretion for the
following conditions:  Sea Temperature + 5°C
Wind Force 8
Air Temp – 7°C
6. Describe the conditions necessary for the formation of ice accretion, explaining
the factors that can affect the rate of accretion on a vessel.  7. Give a full analysis of the sea ice conditions in 54°00’N 55°00’W.  2021-HND-MET-LO3,4-A
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