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Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics

Training 6 - 7 March 2024

The training series Marine Propulsion Systems is a unique technical and international oriented training for those who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of the design of different marine propulsion systems. The training series consists of 4 modules which can be individually attended. The whole series gives a complete overview and knowledge of marine propulsion systems. Sign up

During the first module ‘Propulsion Plant Concepts and Ship Hydrodynamics’ different power plant concepts and their main components, such as general design considerations and component interaction are discussed. Ship and propeller characteristics are the main topics on the second day.


At the end of this module the participant will be able to draft a concept design for a marine propulsion system depending on the expected operational profile of a ship.


  • Introduction to: marine engineering, propulsion & electric power systems, diesel engines, transmission systems and propellers.
  • Power demand, load and drive characteristics.
  • Energy conversion and energy flow diagram.
  • Power Plant concepts: direct drive, geared drive, multiple shaft and combined drives, electrical concepts, all electric ship concept and hybrid drives.
  • Resistance: hull resistance, influences of fouling and seaways, interaction hull and propeller.
  • Propulsion: effective power, propulsion power chain, delivered power, propeller law and transmission power chain.
  • Propellers theory: working principle of a propeller, actuator disk theory, open water diagram, 4 quadrant diagrams.
  • Types of propellers and their characteristics: fixed pitch and controllable pitch propellers.
  • Transformation from ship resistance to propeller power, optimum propeller diameter and speed.
  • Water jet operational diagram.

Target Group

This module is intended for designers and (sales) engineers who deal with the integration or the design of marine propulsion systems during concept and/or preliminary design phase. It will also be of interest to people who come across aspects of these systems during their (daily) work and who wish to learn more about the working principle of marine propulsion systems

Course material

For this training course we use the book Design of Propulsion and Electric Power Generation Systems as a reference. The participants can order this book  by Prof. Klein Woud and Prof. Stapersma (publication by Imarest) and a binder with the lecture slides. These items can be ordered on the registration form.


Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) organises the first module in close cooperation with Delft University of Technology. The lecturer is professor P. de Vos MSc, Director of Studies Marine Technology.


Participants rated this training with an A.


The 6th & 7th of March 2024


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


NMT, Boompjes 40 (or another location) in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)


Members € 1.350,-

Non-members € 1.700,-

All prices are exluding VAT. The training series Marine Propulsion consists of 4 modules, which you can participate in independently. If you wish to participate in multiple modules, we offer will offer you a discount on the total price.

1 module = full amount

2 modules = 5% discount on the total amount of both courses

3 modules = 10% discount on the total amount of 3 courses

4 modules = 15% discount on the total amount of 4 courses

All modules you have registered for, need to be completed within 2 years. Discount will be deducted from the last invoice.

If the organisation you work for falls within the ambit of the CAO Metalektro, you might entitled to compensation from one of  the A+O development funds. Please go to the website of A+O Metalektro (foundation for development by the social partners in Metalektro) if you are looking for more information. If your organisation falls within the ambit of the social partners in metalworking, you might be entitled to compensation from one of the OOM educational settlements. Please go to the website of OOM (schooling agency for the social partners in metalworking)  if you want more information about these funds.

Other modules

Marine Propulsion Module 2: Marine Internal Combustion Engines, (sustainable) fuels & emissions (April  10 & 11, 2024)

Marine Propulsion Module 3: Propulsion system integration: Matching machinery and propeller (May 22 & 23, 2024)

Marine Propulsion Module 4: Electrical Drives Characteristics (March 13 & 14 and November 21 & 22, 2024)

More information

For more information please contact Marjolein Greve or Louise de Jong, Training Advisors at the NMT’s office via T +31 (0)88 44 51 043 or E academy@maritimetechnology.nl.

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