Propulsion Module 1

Training Marine Propulsion: Propulsion system integration: Matching machinery and propeller (module 3)

Training 22 - 23 May 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. Topics during the four modules range from different power plant concepts and components to integrating components into properly matched propulsion systems. Working principles and characteristics of propulsors, internal combustion engines and electric power generation and distribution systems will all be dealt with throughout the training series. What are the possibilities of sustainable solutions? As well as a module on matching engines with propulsors including off-design operation of propulsion systems.During the module ‘Propulsion system integration: Matching machinery and propeller’ the procedure of evaluating the operational situation of a propulsion system, in both design and off-design conditions, is discussed. Sign up

Marjolein Greve


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The participants will learn to integrate knowledge of different propulsion plant components (discussed in previous modules) in order to be able to evaluate propulsion plants at a system level. Matching of propeller and driving machine(s) (like diesel engine, gas turbine and/or electric motor) is practised extensively by means of exercises during the module. The key to designing a proper propulsion system (that operates well in different circumstances) is two transformations: from ship resistance characteristic to propeller characteristic and from propeller characteristic to engine/motor characteristic (a.k.a. driving machine envelope). The challenges of the application of sustainable fuelcells will be addressed as well. At the end of this module the participant will be able to make a suitable preliminary design of a propulsion system by using the two key transformations. This means the participant can obtain, and provide others with, insight into which operational scenarios (sea state, fouling, single shaft operation, etc.) are still feasible for a certain propulsion system, and which are not.


  • Recap of essential knowledge of previous modules: power plant concepts, component characteristics (resistance curve, propeller open water diagram, engine/motor envelope)
  • Matching criteria: design speed, design and off-design conditions, fuel consumption and emissions
  • Service conditions, trial and heavy conditions
  • Transformation of ship resistance curve to open water propeller diagram and transformation of propeller operational point to load curve inside engine envelope
  • Matching issues for different (off-design) operational profiles
  • Matching with water jet

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 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.
The international setting offers participants a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and to network with colleagues, clients and suppliers. This enables them to position their companies even better in the international shipbuilding cluster.

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 the book ‘Design of Propulsion and Electric Power Generation Systems’ 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 lecturers are professor Peter de Vos MSc, Director of Studies Marine Technology and Cdr (E) dr. ir. Rinze Geertsma, CEng, FIMarEST, assistant professor Sustainable and Maintainable Energy Systems (Nederlandse Defensie Academie).


Participants rated this training with an A.


The 22th and 23th 2024


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


NMT – Boompjes 40 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)


Members € 1.350,-
Non-members € 1.700,-

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 totall 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 1: Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics (6 & 7 MArch 2024)

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

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

More information

Please contact for more information Jeannette Lucas-Colijn, Training Manager at the NMT office via T +31 (0)88 44 51 043 or E

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