Propulsion Module 1

Training Marine Propulsion: Marine Internal Combustion Engines, (sustainable) fuels & emissions (module 2)

Training 24 May 2023

The training series Design of Marine Propulsion Systems is a unique technical and international oriented series 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 second module ‘Marine Internal Combustion Engines, (sustainable) fuels & emissions’ the working principles and characteristics of different types of internal combustion engines, like diesel, gas and dual-fuel reciprocating engines and gas turbines will be discussed. Sign up


The participants will learn about the different types of internal combustion engines; two-stroke vs four-stroke, crosshead vs trunk piston, diesel, gas or dual-fuel engines, etc. How do these engines work? What thermodynamic and other physical processes dictate engine performance? What influences power density? How can fuel consumption (or efficiency) and emissions be calculated? What is the influence of turbocharging on the engine envelope? But also, how to apply the new fuelcells? What are the consequenses of sustainable solutions for internal combution engines? What is the role of internal combustion engines in the energy transition? Such questions, and many more, will be discussed. The required basics of thermodynamics to understand the working principles of the internal combustion engines will be explained as well. Furthermore the working principles and advantages/disadvantages of gas turbines will be discussed. The theory is practised by means of exercises during the modules. At the end of this module the participant will be able to select the right internal combustion engine for a vessel based on the expected operational profile and the different (dis)advantages of different marine internal combustion engines.


  • Internal combustion engines: working principle, indicator diagram, performance, power density, fuel and air consumption, emissions.
  • Turbocharging: pressure charging, operating envelope, sequential turbocharging
  • Air control valves: waste gate, blow-off valve, by-pass valve.
  • Thermodynamics: air cycles, otto cycle, diesel cycle, seiliger (dual) cycle, efficiencies, mean indicated pressure, etc.
  • Fuels and fuel injection systems: traditional and high pressure injection pumps and injectors, gas injection systems
  • Gas and dual-fuel engines: different types, ignition, injection and its influence on NOx and methane slip, knock and misfire, air excess ratio.

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 lecturer is professor P. de Vos MSc, Director of Studies Marine Technology.


Participants rated this training with an A.


The 24th and 25th of May 2023


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


NMT Offices Rotterdam


Members € 1.225,-
Non-members € 1.550,-

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: Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics (module 1) – April 5 & 6, 2023
Marine Propulsion: Propulsion system integration: Matching machinery and propeller (module 3) – June 7 & 8, 2023
Marine Propulsion:  Electrical Drives and Characteristics (module 4) – November 21 & 22, 2023

More information

For more information please contact Jeannette Lucas, Training Manager at the NMT’s office via T +31 (0)88 44 51 043 or

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